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From the Publisher… 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