This chapter builds upon the notion of deservedness to explore its impacts upon the ability to exercise individual agency, as defined by the social work theory. The chapter explores the ways in which current post-disaster policies reduce individual agency, leading to exacerbated trauma and poor post-disaster outcomes, including negative impacts on social capital. These policies perpetuate structural violence on individuals, families, and communities. Furthermore, the loss of individual agency, coupled with the disparate outcomes that arise from complex processes and from the factors described in the previous chapters, further leads to the creation of a corrosive community in which families are pitted against each other and unable to work together for systemic change or to rely upon the social capital that might otherwise offer mutual assistance and aid.
KeywordsSocial capital Individual agency Collective efficacy Corrosive community
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