Can Community Resettlement be Considered a Resilient Move? Insights from a Slow-Onset Disaster in the Colombian Andes
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Original versionStaupe-Delgado, R. (2019) Can Community Resettlement be Considered a Resilient Move? Insights from a Slow-Onset Disaster in the Colombian Andes. Journal of Development Studies, 56(5). 10.1080/00220388.2019.1626836
The degree to which communities can best withstand various forms of external stress, as well as what constitutes community resilience has been a matter of debate in discussions of development, resilience building, adaptation and transformation. Drawing on insights from a field expedition to the indigenous reserve of Aponte in the Colombian Andes, this paper engages with the concept of transformational-and community resilience and problematizes the concept focusing particularly on its tendency to assume that disasters are one-off, sudden events that allow for sustainable recovery in their aftermath. Aponte faces complete ruination by a slow-onset geological hazard which has prompted discussions of relocation among other solutions—raising questions of whetherand how resilience can be understood in the context of perpetually worsening conditions of environmental change.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Development Studies on 13th of June 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00220388.2019.1626836