A reconsideration of the nature and role of resettlement housing and housing materials in natural disaster recovery in indigenous communities

Macatol, Isolde, and Reser, Joseph (1999) A reconsideration of the nature and role of resettlement housing and housing materials in natural disaster recovery in indigenous communities. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 14 (4). pp. 33-41.

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Abstract

The built environment can play a very supportive role and therapeutic role in helping people adjust to dramatic change, catastrophe, and personal and family loss. This paper explores the Aetas' perception of their current rehousing and resettlement setting and the role these settings play in facilitating and frustrating recovery, and with respect to on-going individual and family adjustment and social and cultural change. Particular consideration is given to the type of grass huts built for Aetas as 'permanent' resettlement shelters. Though this type of structure has been traditionally used by Aetas for shelters before the eruption, Aetas believe they are no longer appropriate in their current situation.

This somewhat surprising situation highlights a more general is understanding of the role which shelter can play in the recovery process. The aim of this paper is to canvas a number of important cultural and psychological issues that resettlement agencies need to consider in designing post-disaster resettlement accommodation for indigenous communities.

Item ID: 12783
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: disaster planning, policy, indigenous communities, resettlement housing
ISSN: 1324-1540
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 07:00
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 51%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 49%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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