Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

by Anthony Oliver-Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 041591986X

ISBN-13: 9780415919869

Pub. Date: 11/01/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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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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.

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)

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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