How Social Vulnerabilities Are Important Within Disaster Research

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Throughout history there have been various definitions present on what a disaster is and the effects that it contains in relation to the environment and residents within the area. Society often has specific dominant worldviews in regards to disasters, which can pertain to or focus around disasters being seen as a “hazard”, “unlucky”, or an “unavoidable “ event (Scandlyn et al, 2009). Generally, many individuals tend to reflect on definitions in relation to conventional theories because the media often prioritizes disasters as being catastrophic or an end of the world phenomenon. What these individuals fail to understand is the importance of recognizing that we cannot only view disasters in this way, however we must also understand how…show more content…
Exploring social vulnerabilities is important to look at because its helps to understand how many residents such as indigenous individuals within the Athabasca region are disregarded as being important due to the marginalization their community faces. In addition, considering economic vulnerabilities allows for individuals to realize that the Canadian economy is more important rather than the livelihood of Alberta residents. These residents are faced with economic vulnerabilities such as relocation of their homes as well as an increased cost of living. Lastly, this paper will investigate the environmental vulnerabilities such as poor environmental management leading to an increased risk of climate change as well as the health issues that local residents face. It is important to understand that when the Alberta tar sands were created, companies such as Suncor, Imperial oil, Petro Canada and so forth were not concerned with the residents living within the area. Since the tar sands development occupies a great amount of space in northern Alberta, this project has affected indigenous communities such as the Mikisew Cree and Althabasca Chipewyan (Dobson et al., 2014). This land was home to both of these indigenous communities before Alberta’s government decided to put forth expansions within these areas. As a result,
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