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A study of reasons for living in the high-risk community Old Coronation in South Africa

Ljungberg, Andreas LU and Wier, Martin (2012) In LUTVDG/TVBB VBR920 20121
Risk Management and Safety Engineering
Division of Fire Safety Engineering
Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety
Abstract (Swedish)
Reasons for living in the high-risk community Old Coronation, in South Africa, were investigated in a study based on grounded theory. The community is situated in an old mining area with many hazards, including a constant risk of collapsing sink-holes. Information was mainly collected through semi-structured interviews with the residents. An analysis of the reasons for living in Old Coronation were based on descriptions of a) why they moved to Old Coronation, b) factors that residents value in a community and c) residents’ relation to hazards in the area. The logic for settling in the community is complex but could be structured into five main reasons: nearby jobs, lack of suitable land, established community, family, and institutional... (More)
Reasons for living in the high-risk community Old Coronation, in South Africa, were investigated in a study based on grounded theory. The community is situated in an old mining area with many hazards, including a constant risk of collapsing sink-holes. Information was mainly collected through semi-structured interviews with the residents. An analysis of the reasons for living in Old Coronation were based on descriptions of a) why they moved to Old Coronation, b) factors that residents value in a community and c) residents’ relation to hazards in the area. The logic for settling in the community is complex but could be structured into five main reasons: nearby jobs, lack of suitable land, established community, family, and institutional issues. Risk awareness is unexpectedly high, and people know about risks associated with the sink-holes but consider the benefits of living in Old Coronation to be more important. A local descriptive analysis of reasons for settling is necessary to facilitate future preventive measures. (Less)
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author
Ljungberg, Andreas LU and Wier, Martin
supervisor
organization
course
VBR920 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
sink-hole, grounded theory, risk reduction, South Africa, Old Coronation, informal settlement, urbanisation, high-risk community, Hazard
publication/series
LUTVDG/TVBB
report number
5388
ISSN
1402-3504
language
English
id
3044152
date added to LUP
2012-08-23 11:08:28
date last changed
2014-03-10 10:40:42
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  abstract     = {Reasons for living in the high-risk community Old Coronation, in South Africa, were investigated in a study based on grounded theory. The community is situated in an old mining area with many hazards, including a constant risk of collapsing sink-holes. Information was mainly collected through semi-structured interviews with the residents. An analysis of the reasons for living in Old Coronation were based on descriptions of a) why they moved to Old Coronation, b) factors that residents value in a community and c) residents’ relation to hazards in the area. The logic for settling in the community is complex but could be structured into five main reasons: nearby jobs, lack of suitable land, established community, family, and institutional issues. Risk awareness is unexpectedly high, and people know about risks associated with the sink-holes but consider the benefits of living in Old Coronation to be more important. A local descriptive analysis of reasons for settling is necessary to facilitate future preventive measures.},
  author       = {Ljungberg, Andreas and Wier, Martin},
  issn         = {1402-3504},
  keyword      = {sink-hole,grounded theory,risk reduction,South Africa,Old Coronation,informal settlement,urbanisation,high-risk community,Hazard},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {LUTVDG/TVBB},
  title        = {A study of reasons for living in the high-risk community Old Coronation in South Africa},
  year         = {2012},
}