Block Level Assessment Of Human Vulnerability In Paschim Medinipur District, W.B: Regional Mapping Of Social Contours Quantitively?

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Khan, Ansar ; Chatterjee, Dr. Soumendu ; Bisai, Dipak (2013)
  • Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
  • Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research (issn: 2319-5614, eissn: 2319-5614)
  • Subject: Social Sciences; Department of Geography | Assessment; Human Development Index; Human Vulnerability; Paschim Medinipur; UNDP

Human Vulnerability may be defined as an internal risk factor associated with any human subject or system that is exposed to a hazard and corresponds to its intrinsic societal predisposition to be affected, or to be susceptible to damage, loss and effect. In general, the term of vulnerability is currently being used to refer to a latent danger embedded in human society. In this connection, the present paper pays attention to Block wise assessment of social contexts of human vulnerability in Paschim Medinipur Distrct, W.B in the light of regional space economy relations. The study is based on block wise secondary data drawn from the District Human Development Report: Paschim Medinipur (2011).It has been attempted to follow the methodology used in UNDPs Human Development Index (HDI) (UNDP, 2006) to normalize the selected parameters. Before doing this, the functional relationship between the indicators and human vulnerability have been identified. Eventually, we consider more than two components; therefore, component wise rankings can be used to test the unanimity among the components in ranking blocks. This can be accomplished by applying Kendalls coefficient of concordance (0.37) and chi-square statistic (80.09), which is not significant and implying that the rankings have no concordance. Result shows that Jamboni block is more vulnerable (0.81) and followed by Nayagram (0.65), Binpur-I (0.64) and so on. On the other hand, Daspur-II (0.05) is least vulnerable followed Daspur-I (0.19) and Ghatal (0.30).
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