Catastrophe and Culture The Anthropology of Disaster
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Description: At a time of increasing globalization and worldwide vulnerability, the study of disasters has become an important focus for anthropological research-one where the four fields of anthropology are synthesized to address the multidimensionality of the effects to a community's social structures and relationship to the environment. Using a variety of natural and technological disasters-including Mexican earthquakes, drought in the Andes and in Africa, the nuclearmeltdown at Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Oakland firestorm, and the Bhopal gas disaster-the authors of this volume explore the potentials of disaster for ecological, political-economic, and cultural approaches to anthropology along with the perspectives of archaeology and history. They also discuss the connection between theory and practice and what anthropology can do for disaster management.
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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press/SAR Press
Publication date: 3/1/2002
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Figures and Tables|
|Introduction: Why Anthropologists Should Study Disasters||p. 3|
|Theorizing Disasters: Nature, Power, and Culture||p. 23|
|Historical Disaster Research||p. 49|
|Danger and the No-Risk Thesis||p. 67|
|Bounding Uncertainty: The Post-Chernobyl Culture of Radiation Protection Experts||p. 91|
|The Monster and the Mother: The Symbolism of Disaster||p. 113|
|Popular Media Reframing of Man-Made Disasters: A Cautionary Tale||p. 143|
|Punctuated Entropy as Culture-Induced Change: The Case of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill||p. 159|
|Modeling Protracted Drought, Collateral Natural Disaster, and Human Responses in the Andes||p. 187|
|Impact of and Response to Drought among Turkana Pastoralists: Implications for Anthropological Theory and Hazards Research||p. 213|
|Missing Expertise, Categorical Politics, and Chronic Disasters: The Case of Bhopal||p. 237|
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