Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

by Anthony Oliver-Smith
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

vulnerable to cataclysms, whether natural or technologically related and demonstrates how far anthropology has moved from models that assumed stasis and equilibrium. The Angry Earth should be read by all who deal with disaster situations (Elizabeth Colson, author of The Social

Consequences of Resettlement)

new disaster social science now being written, this book belongs on all our reading lists. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, August 2000, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 347-349 This collection is the first to adequately represent the cultural, historical and geographical

scope and complexities of the problem of disaster. It introduces a range of useful perspectives and arguments, with compelling examples. One wishes such a collection had been available to help define the agenda for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, now ending

(Kenneth Hewitt, author of Regions of Risk: a Geographical Introduction to Disasters and editor of Interpretations of Calamity)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415919869
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Oliver-Smith is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He is author of The Martyred City: Death and Rebirth in the Andes (1986) and editor of Natural Disasters and Cultural Responses (1988). Susanna Hoffman is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and popular writer whose works include The Classified Man (1980) and the film Kypseli: Men and Women Apart—A Divided Reality (1974).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Anthropology and the Angry Earth: An Overview1
IDisasters, Environment, and Culture17
1"What Is a Disaster?": Anthropological Perspectives on a Persistent Question18
IIEnvironmental Pattern, Hazards, and Culture: The Archaeological Perspective35
2The Effects of Explosive Volcanism on Ancient Egalitarian, Ranked, and Stratified Societies in Middle America36
3Convergent Catastrophe: Past Patterns and Future Implications of Collateral Natural Disasters in the Andes59
IIIThe Cultural and Social Construction of Catastrophe73
4Peru's Five-Hundred-Year Earthquake: Vulnerability in Historical Context74
5Constructing Vulnerability in the First World: The Northridge Earthquake in Southern California, 199489
6The Negation of Disaster: The Media Response to Oil Spills in Great Britain113
IVVarieties of Cultural Response133
7The Worst of Times, the Best of Times: Toward a Model of Cultural Response to Disaster134
8The Brotherhood of Pain: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Post-Disaster Solidarity156
9The Regenesis of Traditional Gender Patterns in the Wake of Disaster173
10Vulnerability, Disaster, and Survival in Bangladesh: Three Case Studies192
11"Tell Them We're Hurting": Hurricane Andrew, the Culture of Response, and the Fishing Peoples of South Florida and Louisiana213
VAgencies, Survivors, and Reconstruction233
12Plan and Pattern in Reaction to Earthquake: Peru, 1970-1998234
13Bhopal: Vulnerability, Routinization, and the Chronic Disaster257
14The Phoenix Effect in Post-Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of the Economic Development Administration's Culture of Response after Hurricane Andrew278
VIDisaster and Cultural Continuity301
15After Atlas Shrugs: Cultural Change or Persistence after a Disaster302
Index327

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