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Gendering Vulnerability Analysis: Towards a More Nuanced Approach

ByMaureen Fordham

The vulnerability perspective (variously elaborated in Hewitt, 1983b; 1997; Winchester, 1992; Blaikie et al, 1994; Varley, 1994; Chambers, 1995; Twigg and Bhatt, 1998; Comfort et al, 2000; Cannon, 2000; and others) has become a significant constituent of hazard and disaster studies in both the developed North and the developing South. It marks a shift from the ‘dominant paradigm’ (Hewitt, 1983a) of hazards research whose concerns, broadly defined, have been with control of the physical hazard agent rather than disaster – the essentially social outcomes and processes of hazardous events – and with individual hazard perception (or misperception) rather than the underlying social structures that create inequalities and vulnerability (Fordham, forthcoming).