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date: 24 May 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of the history of qualitative disaster research since the 1920s. Challenges associated with conducting disaster research, particularly field-based studies, are presented. The chapter also discusses ethical challenges related to homeland security and the emotional impacts of disaster research on human beings. Sections then lay out issues specific to the life cycle of disasters (preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery), data-gathering techniques commonly used (interviews, documents, observations, visual data), and strategies for data analysis. A final section links efforts to strengthen the trustworthiness and credibility of qualitative research to disaster studies.

Keywords: Qualitative disaster research, quick response research, naturalism, feminism, interviews, visual data, observations, documents, data analysis

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