As an anthropogenic disaster, flooding is not merely caused by natural factors but also human actions. Flooding entangles natural causes with broader social phenomena such as political inequality and power relation. Meanwhile, most of the local-global studies on flooding rely on technocratic explanation. With using sub-national comparison design in four Indonesian cities, this study finds perspective that offers an alternative for the mainstream, primarily ‘technocratic’ approaches to flooding control and climate adaptation as well in Indonesia, which tends to neglect power dimension and social dynamics. This study seeks to contribute to the scholarly debate on flooding and climate adaptation as well in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and beyond.
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