The Social Construction of Disaster: Ondoy (Ketsana) in the Context of Sagrada Familia and

Dindo P. Cafe


Generally, studies on disaster in the field of social science are plain descriptions of the phenomenon and subjectsare simply regarded as victims and rescuers. It is observable that there is neglect for theory generation andmethodological expansion. These limitations serve as impetus for this research endeavor. Primarily, the aim ofthis research is to elicit theoretical and methodological contributions to the field of Sociology. In broad stroke,the inquiry centers on the social construction of disaster among the members of Sagrada Familia and paper contends that there is an array of contexts that can essentialize the analysis of Ondoy (internationalname: Ketsana). Thus, Ondoy is not a natural phenomenon but a social construction. In conclusion, this paperhighlights its theoretical contribution to social constructivism and its implications to problem-specific,community-based and participatory approaches in community engagement.

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