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Community Adaptation to the Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill

So-Min Cheong, University of Kansas

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05079-170326

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Abstract

The focus of the research is the significance of dependence for communities to survive and adapt in times of environmental disasters. It shifts the emphasis on self-reliant communities for survival and examines the types and effects of dependence and external linkages by analyzing the range of community responses that include initial responses, early social impact, compensation, and conflicts after the Hebei-Spirit oil spill in December 2007 in Korea. The findings reveal that dependence is necessary, and the effects of dependence can be both positive and negative depending on the relations between external entities and affected communities as well as the community capacity to absorb resources and information.

Key words

community adaptation; community dependence; resource; Hebei-Spirit; knowledge; oil spill
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