Risk and Africa: Multi-disciplinary Empirical Approaches

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Lena Bloemertz, Martin Doevenspeck, Elisio Macamo, Detlef Muller-mahn
LIT Verlag Münster, 2012 - Social Science - 275 pages
Through a range of articles, this book explores the changing nature of risk in contemporary African societies. It provides a valuable addition to the current debate on the concept of risk, which has traditionally been skewed in favor of a European historical experience. The contributions illustrate that technological hazards, pollution, and climate change - as well as the introduction of new forms of insurance and the restructuring of civil society - are just some of the recent developments that invite us to be skeptical of prevailing notions of risk in the African context. The reader is encouraged to move away from focusing on the vulnerability of Africa as a pre-modern society to consider more localized and contemporary perspectives of risk. In exploring new ways of conceptualizing risk in Africa, the book addresses the challenge of making theoretical and methodological advances in risk research relevant to understanding the processes of social change on the continent. (Series: Articles on African Studies / Beitrage zur Afrikaforschung - Vol. 51)
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Perception of Natural Disasters
35
Method of Local Assessment of Natural Risks in Tropical
87
Socialecological Change and the Changing Structure of Risk and
107
Climate Variability Risks Perceptions and Coping Mechanisms
135
Perceptions of Highland Communities on Climante Change and
141
Lessening Africas Financial Burden An ABS Approach
159
Financing Health Care The Role of Micro Health Insurance
173
International Projects and Food Risk
213
in Kenya
229
Netting the Benefits Now or Later? Exploring the Relationship
243
Conclusion
265
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