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The politics of natural disaster in protracted conflict: the 2014 flood in Kashmir

Venugopal, Rajesh ORCID: 0000-0002-7498-7712 and Yasir, Sameer (2017) The politics of natural disaster in protracted conflict: the 2014 flood in Kashmir. Oxford Development Studies, 45 (4). pp. 424-442. ISSN 1360-0818

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13600818.2016.1276160


This paper explores the politics of the 2014 floods in the contentious and conflict-prone Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The September 2014 floods were the most serious natural disaster in the state in the past 60 years, and affected some two million people in the Kashmir valley. Drawing on qualitative interview evidence from 50 flood victims in south, central and north Kashmir, the paper examines the extent to which the disaster transformed existing political narratives. In doing so, it examines the role of the state and central governments, the army, local volunteers, and the media. The paper engages with the politics of disaster literature, exploring how disasters can serve as a lens rather than as a catalyst, and stressing the relevance of understanding the social construction of disaster narratives.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Oxford Department of International Development
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 10:36
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:53

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