Focus on resilience in disaster reconstruction could at best draw the focus to the wellbeing and agency of the affected communities, rather than to instrumental solutions. Yet it may also decrease the accountability of the aiding organizations towards the communities, while leaving the systemic makings of disaster untouched. If in disaster reconstruction a house is not a house, but a process for improving lives, who is responsible if it does not have fitting walls or its inhabitants lack continuity of tenure? The paper debates whether resilience discourse facilitates the empowerment of people in informal settlements, or whether it draws their self-organization into the margins of the Empire, squashing their resistance. It builds on ethnographic case study on the Valparaíso fire of 2014 and a discourse analysis on the communication of two NGOs involved in housing reconstruction.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Dimensions of the Political Ecology Conference 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|MoE publication type||A4 Article in conference proceedings|
|Event||Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference 2017 - Kentucky, United States|
Duration: 23.02.2017 → 25.04.2017
Conference number: 7
- 512 Business and Management