Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges / Edition 1

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Overview

In the past, societies would learn from disasters and move the location of their urban development to safer areas, allowing naturally occurring ecosystems to maintain themselves and for societies to exist symbiotically with the environment. These days, however, it seems that society no longer takes cues from the environment but rather relies on technical advancement to attempt to control and overcome the environment, sometimes with wholly unsuccessful and even catastrophic results.

Bringing together leading research from top academics and scholars, Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges emphasizes non-traditional approaches to disaster recovery and rebuilding communities. It highlights the different ways various societies have experienced disasters, learned from them, and revised their thinking about building community preparedness and resiliency pre- and post-disaster.

Provides a clear, concise, and up-to-date understanding of best practices for rebuilding community institutions and community development after a disaster

Focuses on integrated solutions for ecological restoration and community development in disaster recovery planning and implementation

Compares and contrasts community rebuilding between different nations at different stages of development, economic power, and stability

Includes case studies that illustrate best practices, integrating the concept of community and community rebuilding for local, national, and international stakeholders

All chapters offer diverse community examples that form a framework for comparing best practices. They focus on integrated solutions for ecological restoration and community development and explain how communities can reduce their vulnerability to disasters and reduce recovery time following a disaster. The book indentifies the opportunities and challenges communities are most likely to face on the road to recovery and supplies the interdisciplinary, social scientific understanding required to effectively address those challenges.

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… brings together leading research from top academics and scholars on the different ways various societies have experienced disasters, learned from them, and revised their thinking about building community preparedness and resiliency pre- and post-disaster. It provides a concise understanding of best practices for rebuilding community institutions and community development after a disaster; focuses on integrated solutions for ecological restoration and community development in disaster recovery planning and implementation ... compares and contrasts community rebuilding between different nations at different stages of development, economic power, and stability. … includes case studies that illustrate best practices, integrating the concept of community and community rebuilding for local, national, and international stakeholders.
MCEER, May 2011

In addition to describing recent disaster recovery projects, this volume encourages national leaders to stimulate social change that makes communities more disaster resistant and develop public policy that enables a culture of resilience. The 24 chapters identify opportunities for building a community-based infrastructure, revitalizing social and economic systems, and promoting public health and safety. The contributors also recommend best practices for housing reconstruction, public-private partnerships, and disaster planning. The case studies are drawn from San Francisco, New Orleans, Iowa, Grenada, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Greece, and Israel. Miller is a professor of sociology at Rowan University, and Rivera is a research associate in public policy at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
—In Research Book News, booknews.com, February 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420088229
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 634
  • Sales rank: 509,287
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DeMond Shondell Miller is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute for Research and Community Service at Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey). He has worked as principal investigator to facilitate research projects involving natural and human-induced ecological disasters, environmental issues, and community satisfaction. His primary area of specialization is environmental sociology (disaster studies and the study of the social construction of place), community development and community organizing, and social impact assessment. Dr. Miller has presented and published several professional papers; recent examples of such work can be found in Space and Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces, International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of Black Studies, The Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Sociological Spectrum, and The International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research. Recently, he has contributed to several edited volumes including Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States and The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe; he is the co-author of Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape with Jason D. Rivera (Lexington Press) and coeditor of African American and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Community Service, Service Learning and Community-Based Research with S. Evans, C. Taylor, and M. Dunlap (State University of New York Press).

Jason David Rivera is a Research Associate in the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. His research focuses on social vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters with an emphasis on minority experiences. Additionally, his research highlights institutional structures that have historically perpetuated social vulnerability within minority and low-income communities. These research findings have been incorporated into policy recommendations that make mitigation, response, and recovery more efficient. Examples of his work can be found in the Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Applied Security Research: Prevention and Response in Asset Protection, Terrorism and Violence, the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Sociological Spectrum, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Space and Culture, The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe, Through the Eye of the Storm: Social Justice in the United States, and Dangers in the Incommensurability of Globalization: Socio-Political Volatilities. He is coauthor of Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape, with DeMond S. Miller (Lexington Press).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

List of Tables xiii

Foreword xvii

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxiii

Editors xxv

Contributors xxvii

Introduction xxxv

Section I Opportunities and Challenges for Building a Community-Based Institutional Infrastructure Demond Shondell Miller

1 Disaster Preparedness among Community-Based Organizations in the City and County of San Francisco: Serving the Most Vulnerable Liesel Ritchie Kathleen Tierney Brandi Gilbert 3

2 Safe Schools for the Community: A Case and Tool for Disaster-Proof Schools Sanjaya Bhatia 41

3 Opportunities and Challenges of Battered Women's Shelters in the Aftermath of a Disaster Bethany L. Brown 63

Section II Opportunities and Challenges for Social and Cultural Revitalization Demond Shondell Miller

4 Disaster Resilience: Exploring All Hazards and Cross-Cultural Perspectives Douglas Paton Li-Ju Jang 81

5 Community Resilience in New Orleans East: Deploying the Cultural Toolkit within a Vietnamese American Community Emily Chamlee-Wright Virgil Henry Storr 101

6 Social Capital after a Disaster: A Case Study of the 2008 Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Kevin F. Adler 125

Section III Opportunities and Challenges for Economic Recovery Jason David Rivera

7 Natural Disasters, Climate Change, and Recovery: The Sustainability Question in Post-Ivan Grenada Jonathan Rosenberg 173

8 Information Commodification and Social Capital in Local Street Markets Michèle Companion 205

9 Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Disaster Rehabilitation in Agriculture and Ecotourism: Bukit Lawang, Indonesia Arul Chib Anisha Baghudana Shilvia Kasdani 223

Section IV Opportunities and Challenges for Public Health and Safety Jason David Rivera

10 The Irrawaddy Crisis: Myanmar and Cyclone Nargis-Challenges and Opportunities for Change Joel C. Yelin Demond Shondell Miller 253

11 Challenge of the Worried Well in the Event of a Pandemic or Terrorist Attack Thom Curtis 269

12 Aborigines' and Migrant Settlers' Crisis and Reconstruction Efforts in Two Yoruba Communities in Southwestern Nigeria Adisa Ademola Lateef Agunbiade Ojo Melvin 287

13 An Assault on the Community's Fabric: Tragedy, Challenges, and Opportunities of School Shootings Anita Bledsoe-Gardner 303

Section V Opportunities and Challenges for Housing and Housing Policy Christopher Gonzalez

14 Housing Reconstruction in Post-Mitch Nicaragua: Two Case Studies from the Communities of San Dionisio and Ocotal Esther Leemann 319

15 Housing Reconstruction in Tamil Nadu: The Disaster after the Tsunami in India Jennifer Duyne Barenstein 343

16 Building Earthquake-Resilient Communities Alka Dhameja 363

Section VI Opportunities and Challenges for Public-Private Partnerships in the Twenty-First Century Christopher Gonzalez

17 Bridging the Public-Private Partnership in Disaster Management in Bangladesh MD. Mahfuzar Rahman Chowdhury 395

18 Building Disaster-Resilient Communities: The Public-Private Partnership Approach Uma Medury 423

19 Patterns of Public-Private Partnership in Community Reconstruction: The Case of Taiwan after the Chi-Chi Earthquake Jou-Juo Chu 447

Section VII Opportunities and Challenges for Disaster Mitigation Jason David Rivera

20 How Nations Should Develop Disaster Plans for Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Lessons Learned from Major International Disasters Glenn L. Starks 477

21 Private Resilience Responses against Collective Recovery Interests: The Case of the Mega-Fires of Ilia, Greece, in August 2007 Kalliopi Sapountzaki Anna Papachatzi 497

22 Preplanning for Recovery Julia Becker Wendy Saunders Lesley Hopkins Kim Wright David Johnston 525

23 Preparedness for Emergency: Learning from War-Caused Disaster in Israel Alex Altshuler Faisal Azaiza Yael Yishai 551

24 Conclusion: From Recovery to Resilience: Long-Lasting Social Change and Disaster Mitigation Jason David Rivera Demond Shondell Miller 565

Index 575

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