Risk Technopolitics in Freetown Slums

Why Community-Based Disaster Management Is No Silver Bullet

Published in: Critical Disaster Studies, Chapter 5, pages 85–96 (2021)

Posted on RAND.org on July 16, 2021

by Aaron Clark-Ginsberg

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Aaron Clark-Ginsberg's study of Sierra Leone shows the inadequacies of democracy's neoliberal substitute, community-based disaster risk management. Although intended to give local communities power over disaster preparedness, he argues, community-based disaster risk management in fact distracts from larger social and political root causes of vulnerability and piles more burdens onto already disadvantaged people.

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