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Politicizing risk assessment on vulnerability conditions: Towards a counter-hegemonic approach of risks in a “world at risk”

Abstract : Today, risks and climate change are among the top priorities on research or political agendas. But their unanimous legitimacy makes it difficult to contest. Yet the way we collect data, assess vulnerability, or choose monitored territories, is socially and politically constructed. They partly condition diagnostics aimed at improving adaptability, as well as the objective conditions of risks and its representations. These representations are territorialized and performative, and have concrete consequences on adaptability. “Politicizing” risks consists in interweaving its construction into a broader set of -political, cultural, social...- characteristics that are not reduced to an “objective” combination of hazard and vulnerability. The thesis lies on global and local examples, related with the logic of international organizations (WMO or ISDR), and with the construction of urban risks and its management in Caracas. Finally, we set out the main features of a constructivist approach of risks territorialization.
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Julien Rebotier. Politicizing risk assessment on vulnerability conditions: Towards a counter-hegemonic approach of risks in a “world at risk”. Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences. Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Theories and Cases, Feb 2010, Urbana-Champaign, United States. ⟨halshs-00460315⟩

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