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Fixing Recovery: Social Capital in Post-Crisis Resilience

Topics: Emergency Management, Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice,

This article discusses the utility of "social capital" in post-disaster recovery programs in the United States. It compares and contrasts disaster recovery in areas with higher social capital such as Kobe, Japan versus areas with lower social capital such as New Orleans, Louisiana and argues that social capital is more important to long term recovery than physical infrastructure. The author argues for a reorientation of disaster recovery policy toward a focus on social capital, and advocates for policies that would help to maintain family or social bonds when relocating people to shelters, in order to increase social capital in disaster recovery.

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