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Natural hazard mitigation strategies review: Actor–network theory and the eco-based approach understanding in Zimbabwe

Anyway Katanha, Danny Simatele
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 11, No 1 | a629 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v11i1.629 | © 2019 Anyway Katanha, Danny Simatele | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2018 | Published: 16 January 2019

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Anyway Katanha, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Danny Simatele, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


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Abstract

This paper presents the literature reviewed on the evolution of the natural hazard mitigation perspective and an overview of its progression to date. The article uses information taken from diverse sources such as a globally accepted scientific databases Google Scholar (http://www.scholar.google.co.in), Scopus (http://www.scopus.com), Science Direct (http://www.sciencedirect.com), SpringerLink (http://www.springer.co.in) and Wiley (http://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com); conference proceedings; theses; abstracts; and impact and non-indexed journals. It demonstrates how the actor–network theory (ANT) theoretical framework can be applicable to Muzarabani in Zimbabwe as a tool for analysing and elaborating hazard mitigation strategies. Actor–network theory is gradually becoming influential but is still a bone of contention, mainly because of its radical approach. Actor–network theory treats humans and non-humans as equal actors. In spite of its limitations, studies have shown that an ANT-grounded approach is useful in providing a framework for the comprehension of the complexities of daily life during natural hazard episodes and the dynamic role of Ziziphus mauritiana in the network in Muzarabani, Zimbabwe. The theory can demonstrate its importance in respect of how social results are produced as a result of linkages among diverse actors (human and non-human) in a network. The article argues that if ANT is used logically it is useful in examining eco-based natural hazard mitigation and resilience approaches in semi-arid regions.

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actor network theory; adaptation; hazard mitigation; resilience

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