Collective resilience following mine clearance in Kurdish Iraq

Durham, Jo and White, Rob (2015) Collective resilience following mine clearance in Kurdish Iraq. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 6 2: 156-167. doi:10.1108/IJDRBE-01-2014-0007

Author Durham, Jo
White, Rob
Title Collective resilience following mine clearance in Kurdish Iraq
Journal name International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1759-5908
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/IJDRBE-01-2014-0007
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 156
End page 167
Total pages 12
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of the study was to identify the economic impacts of landmine clearance on household livelihoods and to present the qualitative findings of a study undertaken in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Design/methodology/approach – The sampling method followed a case series, purposive sampling design. Five recipient households were interviewed from different districts. In addition, purposively selected program staff (N = 4) and local community leaders (N = 2) were interviewed. When undertaking the thematic analysis of the Kurdish household qualitative interviews, it became very apparent that the Kurdish informants did not talk in terms of economic outcomes as a result of demining. The data were then re-analyzed using a narrative framework and reported in this paper.

Findings – While the research sought a link between demining, livelihoods, poverty reduction and economic development, the respondents told another story. Their story focused on the social consequences of returning to their “grandfather’s land”. Participants’ narratives told of resilience resulting from negotiation with the environment and the importance of regaining one’s identity and hopes to heal in the face of adversity.

Research limitations/implications – The findings cannot be generalized to all mine action program recipients but have salience for rural households in the site of inquiry. Originality/value – The paper is rare in illustrating the social benefits of post-conflict demining and its links with social capital and collective resilience.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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