Siriwardane-de Zoysa, R, Sondang Fitrinita, I and Herbeck, J (2019) Watery Incursions: The Securitisation of Everyday “Flood Cultures” in Metro Manila and Coastal Jakarta. IQAS (International Quarterly for Asian Studies), 49 (1-2). pp. 105-126.

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This article explores the normalisation of urban flooding through two distinct sets of securitised
practices in two Southeast Asian megacities – localised disaster management surveillance
regimes and the policing of informal settlements in Metro Manila and northern Jakarta, respectively.
As a point of departure, we problematise the question of how the incidence of recurring
floods (and flooding) is diversely interpreted as both event and as an experiential reality, insofar
as the manifestation of the floods never entirely occupies a state of either normalcy or exception.
It is this fluid state of inbetweenness in which these diverse securitisation trajectories are
explored. The first entails the recent emergence of Metro Manila’s disaster Command Centres,
marking a break from conventional ways of responding to flood risks. The second case study
engages with Jakarta City’s coercive use of its municipal police unit – the Satpol P.P. – in relocating
urban informal settlers who have otherwise actively learned to reshape their familiarity
to flooding as a non-issue in order to avoid being evicted. While the paper reflects on the formal
structures of flood cultures, we illustrate how vernacular interpretations around security entrenched
in notions of “living with floods” lead to broader questions of ontological normalisation
regarding watery incursions – as both spectacular as well as mundane, routinised events.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 10:52
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:58

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