Perceiving Resilience as Freedom: Experiences from Flood-prone Haor Settlements in Bangladesh


Authors : Dr. Imon Chowdhooree; Dr. Les Dawes; Mellini Sloan

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7036519

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 community expectations.

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