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Making sense of contemporary disasters: a liquid development perspective

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore economic conditions of contemporary society to provide

    insight into the ways in which the consequences of disaster, including environmental migration, are accentuated.

    Design/methodology/approach – This research draws on Zygmunt Bauman’s theory of liquid modernity

    and notions of development to analyse disaster. From the analysis, a new concept, liquid development, is

    proposed and critiqued as a contributing factor leading to severe contemporary disaster.

    Findings – Liquid development provides a new way of making sense of the conditions and consequences of

    economic growth and a business as usual attitude. It further provides a framework to explore the potential

    disaster of environmental migration in the Pacific Islands arising from liquid development driven climate

    change-induced sea level rise.

    Research limitations/implications – Analysing these conditions provides greater understanding of the

    resulting impact of disaster, creating awareness and informing the need for accountability and social policy.

    This study aims to contribute to further practical and research enquiry that will challenge liquid developers to

    reconsider their impact and to accept responsibility for vulnerable members of society as part of their

    business as usual structure.

    Originality/value – This paper adds to Bauman’s understanding of the consequences of globalisation

    through the construct of liquid development. It also continues his debate by giving awareness to the global

    issue of environmental migration.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Perkiss, S. & Handley, K. (2017). Making sense of contemporary disasters: a liquid development perspective. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37 (9/10), 515-535.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85029809727

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1290

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 515

End Page


  • 535

Volume


  • 37

Issue


  • 9/10

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore economic conditions of contemporary society to provide

    insight into the ways in which the consequences of disaster, including environmental migration, are accentuated.

    Design/methodology/approach – This research draws on Zygmunt Bauman’s theory of liquid modernity

    and notions of development to analyse disaster. From the analysis, a new concept, liquid development, is

    proposed and critiqued as a contributing factor leading to severe contemporary disaster.

    Findings – Liquid development provides a new way of making sense of the conditions and consequences of

    economic growth and a business as usual attitude. It further provides a framework to explore the potential

    disaster of environmental migration in the Pacific Islands arising from liquid development driven climate

    change-induced sea level rise.

    Research limitations/implications – Analysing these conditions provides greater understanding of the

    resulting impact of disaster, creating awareness and informing the need for accountability and social policy.

    This study aims to contribute to further practical and research enquiry that will challenge liquid developers to

    reconsider their impact and to accept responsibility for vulnerable members of society as part of their

    business as usual structure.

    Originality/value – This paper adds to Bauman’s understanding of the consequences of globalisation

    through the construct of liquid development. It also continues his debate by giving awareness to the global

    issue of environmental migration.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Perkiss, S. & Handley, K. (2017). Making sense of contemporary disasters: a liquid development perspective. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37 (9/10), 515-535.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85029809727

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1290

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 515

End Page


  • 535

Volume


  • 37

Issue


  • 9/10

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom