This grounded theory research utilizes a
method of facilitated inquiry to aid in unpacking
underlying factors that contribute to acquiring
perceptions of resilience amongst adults from two floodaffected settlements of the Haor region, Bangladesh.
Inhabitants of this region accommodate themselves in
isolated and constructed island-like settlements,
threatened by unmitigated wave activities during floods.
The focus group discussions led to identifying factors
affecting perceived flood vulnerability and resilience,
before prompting participants to vote on the relative
significance of these factors.
The results are analyzed and interpreted in
explaining communities’ perceived resilience in a
disaster context and resilience is communicated as the
freedom of choice, which is desired to be achieved by
eliminating identified factors of vulnerabilities as sources
of ‘unfreedom’. This research primarily contributes to
existing theories by introducing the idea of ‘Resilience as
freedom’ that will aid to understand the inner reason of