Community Reconstruction After An Earthquake

Overview

Rossi develops a theory of the roles of action (social actor) and structure (sociopolitical resources, cultural resources, and economic resources) in disaster studies, using the data on community reconstruction after the 1980 earthquake in Southern Italy as a preliminary test of the theory. The focus of the study is not the response during the emergency period which immediately followed the earthquake, but the long-term recovery and reconstruction of the 44 communities which were officially classified as the most...

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Overview

Rossi develops a theory of the roles of action (social actor) and structure (sociopolitical resources, cultural resources, and economic resources) in disaster studies, using the data on community reconstruction after the 1980 earthquake in Southern Italy as a preliminary test of the theory. The focus of the study is not the response during the emergency period which immediately followed the earthquake, but the long-term recovery and reconstruction of the 44 communities which were officially classified as the most heavily damaged. Aspects of the post-earthquake industrialization of the region are also considered, since the physical reconstruction of the destroyed communities is inevitably connected with their socioeconomic development. Rossi outlines and tests a new framework which permits prediction of the different speeds of community reconstruction, and provides a dialectic theory of the interrelationship between structural and action principles of social action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275946029
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1993
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

INO ROSSI is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at St. John's University.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 The 1980 Earthquake in Southern Italy. Formulation of a Framework for Data Analysis 1
2 Differential Speeds of Community Recovery 27
3 Long-term Recovery and Reconstruction of Households 41
4 The Reconstruction Process in the Avellino Province: A Comparative Analysis 63
5 Dialectic Sociology as Interpretive Paradigm: The Protagonist's Viewpoint 81
6 Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Dialectic Sociology 123
Appendix. List of the Forty-three Community Variables 165
References 167
Index 179
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