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'I do not like her going to the shelter': Stories on gendered disaster (im)mobility and wellbeing loss in coastal Bangladesh

Ayeb-Karlsson, S; (2020) 'I do not like her going to the shelter': Stories on gendered disaster (im)mobility and wellbeing loss in coastal Bangladesh. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction , 50 , Article 101904. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101904. Green open access

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Abstract

The literature body on cyclone strikes in Bangladesh suggests that people sometimes fail to evacuate, and that more women than men have died in past disasters. People's reasoning and decision-making leading up to their disaster (im)mobility are strongly embedded in social structures such as gender systems. Subjective non-evacuation behaviours are founded in collective understandings and reproductions of social values. People's perceptions around these values therefore offer important empirical evidence that helps us understand who, how and why some people end up immobile or ‘trapped’ when disaster strikes. This study builds on individual and collective unstructured people-centred storytelling sessions and discourse analysis. The storytelling study captured rich empirical insights around the notions of disaster (im)mobility, and their links to the existing power and gender systems. Three thematic areas were identified including; safe and unsafe spaces for women and men, female and male knowledge, and male and female experiences of ‘internal damages’, trauma and mental ill-health. The insightful storylines of socially immobilising attitudes can support building robust climate policy and DRR frameworks that better protect our most vulnerable people across the globe.

Type: Article
Title: 'I do not like her going to the shelter': Stories on gendered disaster (im)mobility and wellbeing loss in coastal Bangladesh
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101904
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101904
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences, Water Resources, Geology, Disasters, (im)mobility, Gender, Mental health, Non-economic loss and damage, Non-evacuation behaviour, Trapped populations, HURRICANE KATRINA, CLIMATE-CHANGE, CYCLONE SIDR, FORGOTTEN CASUALTIES, NATURAL DISASTERS, MIGRATION, WOMEN, EVACUATION, EXPERIENCE, CHILDREN
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141721
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