The Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective / Edition 1

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415919876
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/11/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (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).

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Table of Contents

Anthropology and the Angry Earth: An Overview 1
I Disasters, Environment, and Culture 17
1 "What Is a Disaster?": Anthropological Perspectives on a Persistent Question 18
II Environmental Pattern, Hazards, and Culture: The Archaeological Perspective 35
2 The Effects of Explosive Volcanism on Ancient Egalitarian, Ranked, and Stratified Societies in Middle America 36
3 Convergent Catastrophe: Past Patterns and Future Implications of Collateral Natural Disasters in the Andes 59
III The Cultural and Social Construction of Catastrophe 73
4 Peru's Five-Hundred-Year Earthquake: Vulnerability in Historical Context 74
5 Constructing Vulnerability in the First World: The Northridge Earthquake in Southern California, 1994 89
6 The Negation of Disaster: The Media Response to Oil Spills in Great Britain 113
IV Varieties of Cultural Response 133
7 The Worst of Times, the Best of Times: Toward a Model of Cultural Response to Disaster 134
8 The Brotherhood of Pain: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Post-Disaster Solidarity 156
9 The Regenesis of Traditional Gender Patterns in the Wake of Disaster 173
10 Vulnerability, Disaster, and Survival in Bangladesh: Three Case Studies 192
11 "Tell Them We're Hurting": Hurricane Andrew, the Culture of Response, and the Fishing Peoples of South Florida and Louisiana 213
V Agencies, Survivors, and Reconstruction 233
12 Plan and Pattern in Reaction to Earthquake: Peru, 1970-1998 234
13 Bhopal: Vulnerability, Routinization, and the Chronic Disaster 257
14 The Phoenix Effect in Post-Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of the Economic Development Administration's Culture of Response after Hurricane Andrew 278
VI Disaster and Cultural Continuity 301
15 After Atlas Shrugs: Cultural Change or Persistence after a Disaster 302
Index 327
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