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  • #905
    Keymaster

    What are forum members’ experiences, from work in either Australia or overseas, on the relationship between culture and risk.

    #1003
    Inactive

    Culture and risk relates to many different aspects of behavior, religious believes, communities and how prepared they may be in a crisis.
    No real defining examples but understanding that all cultures have different risks that we all would prepare and have different responses in crisis and disaster experiences. Our social, political and organizational structures play a massive role in this, so to does having cultural awareness and understand dynamics of people groups can determine the input and the outcome in disasters.

    #1093
    Inactive

    Fully agree with Matt. A very stark example would be the Ebola virus outbreak – it was hard to contain the virus given (a) the heavy importance locals place on burying the dead (hence getting infected themselves) and (b) their distrust of the biohazard-suited healthcare workers trying to prevent that. But culture ultimately affects how we both perceive and this interact with the world – differing cultures will perceive certain risks to differing extents.

    #1147
    Keymaster

    Any other comments from other people on this…?

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