Capitalizing on Catastrophe Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction
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Description: In Capitalizing on Catastrophe an international group of scholars and professionals critically examine how local communities around the world have prepared for and responded to recent cataclysms. The book's principal focus is the increasing trend to rely on the private sector to deal with natural disasters and other forms of large-scale devastation, from hurricanes and tsunamis to civil wars and industrial accidents. Called "disaster capitalism" by its critics, the tendency to contract private interests to solve massive, urgent public problems may be inevitable but is extremely problematic-especially with respect to peoples who need help the most. For example, can private relief groups give the highest priority to potential and actual victims of large disasters, if that means devoting fewer resources to protecting tourism and other profitable industries? The high-profile contributors to this volume straightforwardly tackle such timely and difficult questions of great public concern. Book jacket.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Framing the Capitalization of Catastrophes|
|Human Security versus Neoliberal Approaches to Disaster Recovery|
|Deconstructing the Disaster after the Disaster: Conceptualizing Disaster Capitalism|
|Through a Glass, Darkly: Humanitarianism and Empire|
|Tourism as Reconstruction|
|International Tourism and Disaster Capitalism: The Case of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras|
|Peddling Paradise, Rebuilding Serendib: The 100-Meter Refugees versus the Tourism Industry in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka|
|The Resilience of Vulnerable Households: Adjusting to Neoliberal Capitalism in the Aftermath of Hurricane Iris|
|Exposing Katrina: Class, Race, and Displacement|
|Race, Class, and the Politics of Death: Critical Responses to Hurricane Katrina|
|Disaster, Displacement, and Employment: Distortion of Labor Markets during Post-Katrina Reconstruction|
|Class Inequality, Liberal Bad Faith, and Neoliberalism: The True Disaster of Katrina|
|Prolonging Recovery: Bypassing Accountability and Transparency|
|Capitalization of Post-9/11 Recovery|
|The Foul Odor of Capital: The Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal, India|
|Dividends of Conflict: Reconstruction as Reform|
|"Haiti Is Finished!" Haiti's End of History Meets the Ends of Capitalism|
|After the Storm: The Aftermath of Guatemala's Post-Civil War|
|Conclusion: Envisioning Alternatives: Seven Pragmatic Proposals to Advance Human Security in Disaster Assistance and Recovery|
|About the Contributors|