Locating the intangible: integrating a sense of place into cost estimations of natural disasters

Magee, Liam, Handmer, John, Neale, Timothy and Ladds, Monique 2016, Locating the intangible: integrating a sense of place into cost estimations of natural disasters, Geoforum, vol. 77, pp. 61-72, doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.09.018.

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Title Locating the intangible: integrating a sense of place into cost estimations of natural disasters
Author(s) Magee, Liam
Handmer, John
Neale, TimothyORCID iD for Neale, Timothy orcid.org/0000-0003-4703-5801
Ladds, Monique
Journal name Geoforum
Volume number 77
Start page 61
End page 72
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 0016-7185
Summary The field of disaster loss assessment attempts to provide comprehensive estimates of the cost of disasters. Assessment of intangibles remains a major weakness. Existing costing frameworks have acknowledged losses to cultural – as distinct from economic, social, human or environmental – capital. However, theinclusion of cultural line items has usually been conducted in an ad hoc and under-theorised way, withlittle empirical evidence. This paper presents the possibility of using cultural capital itself as an overarchingcategory for specifically cultural losses. It further focuses on the specific concept of sense of place asone area that has been neglected even in frameworks that consider other kinds of intangibles, and argues,on both theoretical and pragmatic grounds, that a collective or shared sense of place can be subsumedwithin cultural capital loss estimates. Christchurch provides an illustration of the idea as relevant andcomparable empirical material is available from before and since the 2011 earthquake.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.09.018
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
MD Multidisciplinary
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088938

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