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Sustainable Development of Post-disaster Community: Comparative Study of Reconstruction Mode under Social Network Measure

Version 1 : Received: 9 May 2018 / Approved: 16 May 2018 / Online: 16 May 2018 (11:04:53 CEST)

How to cite: Li, Y.; Lv, N. Sustainable Development of Post-disaster Community: Comparative Study of Reconstruction Mode under Social Network Measure. Preprints 2018, 2018050231 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0231.v1). Li, Y.; Lv, N. Sustainable Development of Post-disaster Community: Comparative Study of Reconstruction Mode under Social Network Measure. Preprints 2018, 2018050231 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0231.v1).

Abstract

The current urban environment is faced with the potential threat of frequent natural disasters, and the sustainable development of post-disaster community has become a global issue. As an intrinsic motivation influencing the social interaction and capital operation of community, social network is an important mechanism promoting such sustainable development. However, the difference in social network caused by different member structure, spatial arrangement and management mechanism of post-disaster communities in different reconstruction modes has influenced such sustainable development process. Therefore, reasonable selection of reconstruction mode is crucial. This paper applied analytic hierarchy process to comprehensively measure and compare the social network strength in post-disaster communities in the four reconstruction modes adopted by the government of China, i.e. unified planning and unified construction, unified planning and independent construction, in situ reconstruction and relocation resettlement, with communities after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Chengdu, China as study objects from the perspective of three social relations (the relations between residents and residents, residents and managers, and residents and servers). The results showed that strong connections are generally presented in the social network of post-disaster communities in unified planning modes, that the strength is significantly higher than that of those in non-unified planning modes, and that the strength of UPIC communities is the highest. Meanwhile, government intervention, residents’ free participation and market operation are positively correlated to government trust, community interaction and community service respectively. The positive impact of government intervention is the most significant, but it has a peak value. No government management and excessive government intervention will exert negative impacts. The coordination of government, society and market is the key contents of post-disaster community reconstruction. The reconstruction modes based on “government leadership, resident participation and market operation” may become a feasible path for such sustainable development.

Subject Areas

post-disaster community; sustainable development; social network; government management

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Received: 16 May 2018
Commenter: Jing Qiao
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: The topic of this article is of great practical significance. The selected research object city has very high representative. The basic information is detailed, the research method has no obvious error, the calculation result can be repeated and verified, the authenticity is high. The conclusion is clear and the relevant analysis of the results is sufficient. Generally speaking, it is a high quality article.
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