Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Urbanization: Relocation, Planning and Modern Disasters

  • Jenny Bryant-Tokalau
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology book series (PSDA)


The focus in this chapter is on urban populations so frequently underserved, but also underestimated, in their ability to respond to major disasters. As the Pacific becomes increasingly, and often more informally, urbanized, urban dwellers can be overlooked in disaster planning, resulting in large loss of human life and property. But so too do urban dwellers have strong social networks and they find ways of coping with community and institutional cooperation.


Urbanization Informal settlements Indigenous knowledge Traditional networks 


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  • Jenny Bryant-Tokalau
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  1. 1.Te TumuUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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