The Unheeded Present and the Impossible Future: Temporalities of Relocation after Typhoon Haiyan

Critical Asian Studies, Vol 50 (1) 2018, DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2017.1407662

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18-15

30 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2017 Last revised: 17 Oct 2018

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Caroline Compton

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law & Justice; Western Sydney University

Date Written: November 20, 2017

Abstract

Recovery plans were developed for both the Philippines and Tacloban City in particular. They framed Haiyan as a climate change emergency and sought to respond to future risks to the city and country. This focus on future recovery came at the expense of attention to the transitional needs of those worst affected by the Typhoon. International humanitarian organizations were co-opted into the government’s refusal of transitional assistance to Tacloban City shoreline residents. This was because they construed their mandate of apolitical assistance in a particular way. An alternative framing of emergency deployed by a local organisation produced a very different result. In order to respond to the range of temporal needs in post-disaster situations, humanitarian actors need to be cognizant of the range of epistemic frameworks available to them.

Keywords: humanitarianism, temporality, climate adaptation, Philippines, relocation

Suggested Citation

Compton, Caroline and Compton, Caroline, The Unheeded Present and the Impossible Future: Temporalities of Relocation after Typhoon Haiyan (November 20, 2017). Critical Asian Studies, Vol 50 (1) 2018, DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2017.1407662, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 18-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3074956 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3074956

Caroline Compton (Contact Author)

Western Sydney University ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2751
Australia

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law & Justice

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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