Uncovering 'community': Challenging an Elusive Concept in Development and Disaster Related Work.

Author:

Titz, A. Cannon, T. Kruger, F.

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Date:

2018

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Theme:

Gender, Community and Disaster

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Titz, A. Cannon, T. Kruger, F. (2018). Uncovering 'community': Challenging an Elusive Concept in Development and Disaster Related Work. Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton. pp. 1-28.

This paper aims to analyse the way the concept of ‘community’ has come into fashion, and to critically reflect on the problems that come with it. The paper first considers how ‘community’ has become popular in research and with humanitarian agencies and other organisations based on what can be considered a ‘moral licence’, alongside explaining how ‘community’ is framing practical attempts to mitigate vulnerability and inequity. From two antagonistic positions, the paper finally advocates more meaningful ways to acknowledge vulnerable people’s views and needs appropriately.