Understanding the Warning Process Through the Lens of Practice: Emancipation as a Condition of Action–Some Lessons from France

  • Laurence Créton-CazanaveEmail author


Above and beyond the instruments, technical and procedural, which can be implemented to plan an EWS, it is useful to consider warning as an action process from the perspective of its practical implementation by the actors on the ground. In this case, it appears that the actors – however well-intentioned – often encounter a problem that seems insuperable: in risk situations, they have to manage and consider an ever-growing number of ‘things’ (or entities) that can literally ‘paralyse’ action. The number of entities to take into account in fact proves much larger than just the components of the EWS and represents a real headache for the people involved. Through an in-depth analysis of the practices of the actors in the flash flood warning process in the Vidourle catchment, this chapter identifies a strategy for managing this – the detour – which illustrates ‘emancipation’ practices.


Action Environment Action Context Operational Player Weather Forecaster Procedural Tool 
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This chapter relies on a doctoral research funded by Région Rhône-Alpes, Cluster Environnement. Thanks to UMR Pacte-Territoires and RCC Research Group, I benefited of a great work at translation by John Crisp. The final text owes much to the sharp comments and suggestions from the reviewers, may they find here the expression of my gratitude.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chercheur associée UMR Pacte-TerritoiresUniversité de Grenoble, Labex Futurs Urbains (LATTS/LEESU/Lab’Urba)Université Paris EstFrance

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