A qualitative reseach on the lived experiences of the flooding problem in Kemijen, Semarang

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Flooding is nowadays the biggest natural disaster in the world. This dangerous event is caused by the heating of our own planet. The sea level is rising and there is expected a continuing rise for the upcoming centuries, even if our emissions are reduced and their atmospheric concentrations are stabilised. One of the cities that is coping with the consequences of flooding is Semarang, lying on the North Central part of Java Indonesia. The understanding of the lived experiences of the inhabitants of Kemijen will be the aim of this research. In order to support this research aim the following research question is formulated: How do inhabitants connect causes, consequences and solutions of the flooding problem based on their lived experiences in Kemijen, Semarang? The theory that is used to explain the lived experiences of the Kemijens is the theory of Habitus and fields of Bourdieu. To understand the way a person enters a certain social space the theory of Bourdieu is very helpful. The Kemijens used for all the three factors of lived experiences a bottom up perspective. Due to their lack of economic and cultural capital they are not able to see the flood problem from a top down approach, like the global literature does. So due to their lack of these form of capital they only implement small scale solutions for the flooding problem and no structural solutions that keep their feet dry. The solution for the Kemijens was partly the Banger Polder Project, implemented due to a cooperation between the Dutch Hoogheemraadschap Schieland & Krimpenerwaard and the government of Semarang. In the future there must be a cooperation between the inhabitants and the government to fulfill both needs.
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