Catastrophe and Culture The Anthropology of Disaster

ISBN-10: 1930618158

ISBN-13: 9781930618152

Edition: 2002

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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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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press/SAR Press
Publication date: 3/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

List of Figures and Tables
Mapp. 2
Introduction: Why Anthropologists Should Study Disastersp. 3
Theorizing Disasters: Nature, Power, and Culturep. 23
Historical Disaster Researchp. 49
Danger and the No-Risk Thesisp. 67
Bounding Uncertainty: The Post-Chernobyl Culture of Radiation Protection Expertsp. 91
The Monster and the Mother: The Symbolism of Disasterp. 113
Popular Media Reframing of Man-Made Disasters: A Cautionary Talep. 143
Punctuated Entropy as Culture-Induced Change: The Case of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spillp. 159
Modeling Protracted Drought, Collateral Natural Disaster, and Human Responses in the Andesp. 187
Impact of and Response to Drought among Turkana Pastoralists: Implications for Anthropological Theory and Hazards Researchp. 213
Missing Expertise, Categorical Politics, and Chronic Disasters: The Case of Bhopalp. 237
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 293
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