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Echeverry Angel, Mateo, 2016. “Not god’s work” : an analysis of local narratives of the 2010-2011 flooding in Santa Lucia municipality (Colombia). Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The dam collapse in Santa Lucia (Atlántico) during the intense rains of 2010-2011 in Colombia resulted in one of the worst floods on national record. Six municipalities were completely covered by water from the Canal del Dique, an artificial branch of the Magdalena River. Santa Lucia was one of the municipalities that suffered from the flooding, with large economic and social impact across the region.

This research aims to present and explore local narratives about the disaster, told by inhabitants of Santa Lucia. The concept of narrative, understands their stories as deeply embedded in the political, economic, social and environmental context. Using concepts like marginality, subalternity and liminality, this research unpacks different elements of the story, revealing tensions and power relations present in the pre-disaster and post-disaster contexts in Santa Lucia.

In its conclusion, this research uses the concept of a meta-narrative, as a reformulation of the story, presenting the disaster as part of a story of transformation, shock and reshaping of the Santa Lucia landscape, in which – per Oliver-Smith’s work - vulnerability emerges as an uneven distribution of risk among individuals.

Main title:“Not god’s work”
Subtitle:an analysis of local narratives of the 2010-2011 flooding in Santa Lucia municipality (Colombia)
Authors:Echeverry Angel, Mateo
Supervisor:Jansson, Oscar
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2016
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:natural disasters, narrative, anthropology of disasters, flooding, Colombia
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural population
Energy resources management
Deposited On:19 Feb 2016 11:23
Metadata Last Modified:19 Feb 2016 11:23

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