Bojongkoneng Village is one of the villages in Bogor Residence that is vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly to landslide. Previous study has shown that there used to be some local wisdoms that have ever been kept by the local residents of Bojongkoneng so that they had more awareness of their environmental’s vulnerability. However, because of the existence of social changes, local wisdoms in Bojongkoneng have already been forgotten. In running their daily life, such as: to build houses and to make a living, the local residents of Bojongkoneng start to forget their relation with the environment. This can lead to increase vulnerability and risk of landslides in their village. Social intervention is necessary to prevent the society from the risk of landslides. In the social intervention, the role of social workers is important. The social workers’ knowledge to carry out the practice must be related to knowledge of the practical methods and theories underlying the practice as well as the professional values in doing social intervention. They should enrich themselves with the distinctive knowledge associated with their clients as well. In the relationship with Bojongkoneng village, the ‘sense of place’ concept has become one of the important concepts to understand the faded local wisdoms in Bojongkoneng. This article discusses the urgency of understanding the ‘sense of place’ concept in carrying out the social workers to plan social intervention for vulnerable areas, such as in Bojongkoneng Village. Through the ‘sense of place’ concept’s analysis, social workers can be helped to understand how Bojongkoneng villagers perceive their settlement and how they perceive themselves and own an attachment to their area with the risk of landslides.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2017|
- sense of place, local wisdom, landslide mitigation, the role of social workers.