Catastrophe and Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster

Catastrophe and Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster

by Susanna M. Hoffman, Gregory V. Button, Christopher L. Dyer, Virginia Garcia-Acosta
     
 

ISBN-10: 193061814X

ISBN-13: 9781930618145

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

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

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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 nuclear meltdown 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618145
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Advanced Seminar Series
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Map2
1Introduction: Why Anthropologists Should Study Disasters3
2Theorizing Disasters: Nature, Power, and Culture23
3Historical Disaster Research49
4Danger and the No-Risk Thesis67
5Bounding Uncertainty: The Post-Chernobyl Culture of Radiation Protection Experts91
6The Monster and the Mother: The Symbolism of Disaster113
7Popular Media Reframing of Man-Made Disasters: A Cautionary Tale143
8Punctuated Entropy as Culture-Induced Change: The Case of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill159
9Modeling Protracted Drought, Collateral Natural Disaster, and Human Responses in the Andes187
10Impact of and Response to Drought among Turkana Pastoralists: Implications for Anthropological Theory and Hazards Research213
11Missing Expertise, Categorical Politics, and Chronic Disasters: The Case of Bhopal237
References261
Index293

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