“Ties that Bond, Ties that Build: Social Capital and Governments in Post Disaster Recovery“
Studies in Emergent Order, Vol. 4 (2011)
Emily Chamlee-Wright has produced an important research project in her new book The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery. This article summarizes her main contributions, offers three areas where her approach can be refined to maximize its strength, and discusses potential avenues for disaster policy and research. I suggest that future research build on Chamlee-Wright‘s work and more carefully categorize types of social connections according to bonding, bridging, and linking capital, recognize the role of the government in terms of its formative interaction with local narratives and norms, and seek to articulate ways in which critical social resources can be deepened in vulnerable communities.