Confronting Catastrophe: New Perspectives on Natural Disasters (BOK)

David E. Alexander

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Confronting Catastrophe addresses natural disasters in terms of the issues arising from globalization, technological development and consumer culture. These factors have profoundly altered social and economic values, and international relations have responded to a new balance of forces and ideologies. Beginning by examining the theoretical underpinnings of academic and applied work the author then considers cultural, economic and historical changes in relation to the impact of disasters on human societies. Special attention is given to the effects of new technologies on vulnerability to natural catastrophe and to the difference in impacts between industrialized nations and developing countries. It is argued that, far from being exceptional events, disasters are a normal part of life and a substantial influence on most human cultures.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2000 Forfatter David E. Alexander
Dunedin Academic Press LTD
ISBN 9781903544013
Antall sider 288 Vekt 588 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form Social impact of disasters, The environment