All singing from the same song sheet: DRR and the visual and performing arts

Douglas Paton, Petra Buergelt, Etan Pavavalung , Kirby Clark, Li-Ju Jang, Grace Kuo

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Growing recognition of a need to encompass the role social and cultural processes play in the development and implementation of community-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) processes (Kulatunga, 2010; UNISDR, 2015) calls for exploring how this goal might be realized. This chapter explores one possibility; the potential for the performing (song) and visual arts, prominent socio-cultural media for communication and engagement in all countries, to complement existing approaches to DRR. The chapter examines whether song and artworks can represent social-environmental contexts which could be used to facilitate the development of DRR beliefs and actions (e.g., understanding warnings, preparedness etc.). Finding evidence of a relationship between arts and DRR outcome would afford opportunities to use arts as a medium to support or complement DRR strategies to foster people’s understanding of their social-environmental-hazard relationships and facilitate their ability to make informed choices about preparing for and/or responding to environmental challenge and change (Blumer, 1969; Paton, McClure & Bürgelt, 2006; Twigg, 2015)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisaster Risk Reduction in Asia Pacific
Subtitle of host publicationGovernance, Education and Capacity
EditorsHelen James, Rajib Shaw, Vinod Sharma, Anna Lukasiewicz
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9789811648113
ISBN (Print)9789811648106
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameDisaster Risk, Resilience, Reconstruction and Recovery
ISSN (Print)2662-5660
ISSN (Electronic)2662-5679


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