From hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes to oil spills and nuclear accidents, natural and technological disasters have become increasingly frequent and destructive across the planet. This ground-breaking collection of essays explores how various cultures in different historical moments have responded to calamity, offering new insights into the complex relationship between society and environment. Through case studies of communities in Great Britain, the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas, contributors examine issues ranging from the social and political factors that set the stage for disaster, to the cultural processes experienced by survivors, to the long-term impact of disasters on culture and society.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My master's degree program in emergency management is using this text for our theory class. The only real drawback of the book? It is a rough manuscript in desperate need of an editor who speaks English and not academe. Want a couple of examples? This is Susanna Hoffman in the overview:
"It is from the interplay of these three planes that disasters emanate, and in their unfolding, THEY REIMPLICATE EVERY VECTOR OF THEIR CAUSAL INTERFACE."
"The two discourses have greatly enlightened knowledge of the ..."
Is it possible to enlighten knowledge? Um, no. One can be enlightened with knowledge.
"The relevatory documents may not particularly concern disaster..."
Sorry, no such word exists in the English language. Something can be relevant, but not relevatory. Now, there are things in life that are revelatory, meaning they reveal something formerly...
This was a purchased for a class I was taking. The sociological perspectives of disasters included in the book are very interesting. They do a great job explaining the complexities of disasters and that they do not have to even occur.
Good Book - I still have it on my shelf years later after purchase!
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