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Analyzing Social Vulnerability to Natural Disasters in Northeast Brazil: Catastrophic Flooding Cycles at Alagoas Littoral Zone

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The process of innovation and technological development have generated situations of risk to post-industrial societies of the twenty-first century, becoming what several authors have called a “risk society.” However, risks do not spread homogeneously among societies. Some less developed regions never share the goods, but the risks, attributed to the intensification of technological and productive processes arising from the globalization of the markets. The objective of this chapter is to discuss and analyze the generation of risks to national catastrophes, such as flooding, in tropical areas with late capitalism. We developed our ideas using Alagoas littoral zone (Brazil) as a case study.

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  • Social-ecological systems
  • Latin America
  • Complexity
  • Brazil
  • Social vulnerability
  • Natural disasters

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    Pesquisa Nacional de Amostragem por Domicílio/Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.

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    http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-report-2003

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    http://www.anovademocracia.com.br/no-67/2909-alagoas-e-pernambuco-apos-as-terriveis-enchentes. 18/06/2012.

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    There is a long way from the saying to the fact.

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Freire, N.C.F., Natenzon, C.E. (2019). Analyzing Social Vulnerability to Natural Disasters in Northeast Brazil: Catastrophic Flooding Cycles at Alagoas Littoral Zone. In: Delgado, L., Marín, V. (eds) Social-ecological Systems of Latin America: Complexities and Challenges. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28452-7_12

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