Post disaster social capital: trust equity, bayanihan and Typhoon Yolanda

Eadie, Pauline and Su, Yvonne (2018) Post disaster social capital: trust equity, bayanihan and Typhoon Yolanda. Disaster Prevention and Management, 27 (3). pp. 334-345. ISSN 0965-3562

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of disaster rehabilitation interventions on bonding social capital in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

Design/methodology/approach: The data from the project is drawn from eight barangays in Tacloban City, the Philippines. Local residents and politicians were surveyed and interviewed to examine perceptions of resilience and community self-help.

Findings: The evidence shows that haphazard or inequitable distribution of relief goods and services generated discontent within communities. However, whilst perceptions of community cooperation and self-help are relatively low, perceptions of resilience are relatively high.

Research limitations/implications: This research was conducted in urban communities after a sudden large-scale disaster. The findings are not necessarily applicable in the rural context or in relation to slow onset disasters.

Practical implications: Relief agencies should think more carefully about the social impact of the distribution of relief goods and services. Inequality can undermine community level cooperation.

Social implications: A better consideration of social as well as material capital in the aftermath of disaster could help community self-help, resilience and positive adaptation.

Originality/value: This study draws on evidence from local communities to contradict the overarching rhetoric of resilience in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social capital; Trust; Philippines; Community disaster resilience; Typhoon disaster; Resilience and recovery
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 10:54
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:39

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