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Coping with blackouts: A practice theory approach to household preparedness
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Centre)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9527-989X
2017 (English)In: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, ISSN 0966-0879, E-ISSN 1468-5973Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The article focuses on how rural households cope with blackouts caused by winter storms. We approach household preparedness using a practice theory perspective, and argue that preparedness is mundanely preformed as part of everyday practices. The data material consists of at home visits to 14 households from Norway and Sweden. The results demonstrate that households cope with blackouts by activating and mobilising competences, meanings and materials belonging to different practices, and that this is an ongoing process to ensure the continuation of everyday life during disruption. The article concludes by arguing for the need to bring forward studies on informal preparedness activities, in a research field where household preparedness tends to be framed using a top-down perspective on crisis management.

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2017.
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Blackouts, Crisis management, Everyday life, Household preparedness, Practice theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31929DOI: 10.1111/1468-5973.12191OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31929DiVA, id: diva2:1151334
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Version of record online: 19 July 2017

Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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