Leadership in Disaster: Learning for a Future with Global Climate Change

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Murphy explores whether technological development inadvertently constructed new vulnerabilities, thereby manufacturing a natural disaster. As the extreme weather in the ice storm may foreshadow what will occur with global warming, Leadership in Disaster also explores the politics, economics, ethics, and cultural predispositions involved in climate change, investigating how modern societies create both the risks they assume are acceptable and the burden of managing them. An innovative comparison with Amish ...
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Murphy explores whether technological development inadvertently constructed new vulnerabilities, thereby manufacturing a natural disaster. As the extreme weather in the ice storm may foreshadow what will occur with global warming, Leadership in Disaster also explores the politics, economics, ethics, and cultural predispositions involved in climate change, investigating how modern societies create both the risks they assume are acceptable and the burden of managing them. An innovative comparison with Amish communities, where the same extreme weather had trivial consequences, is instructive for avoiding future socio-economic catastrophes.
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"Leadership in Disaster is beautifully written and deserving of a wide readership." Peter Dickens, University of Cambridge

"A welcome addition to the field of disaster research which draws together classical and modern theories to argue for an epistemological expansion of the social sciences." Canadian Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773538726
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Raymond Murphy is emeritus professor of sociology, University of Ottawa, president of the Environment and Society Research Committee of the International Sociological Association, and the author of numerous books, including Social Closure and Rationality and Nature.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Map xi

Introduction 3

Part 1 Social Action in its Biophysical Context

1 The Modernization of Risk 9

2 The Internalization of Autonomous Nature into Society 34

Part 2 The Dance of Humans with Nature's Movements

3 Vulnerability to Nature's Hazards 57

4 The Natural Disaster Ends, but the Technological Disaster Continues 90

5 The Arduous Return to Normality 116

6 Learning from Disaster 138

Part 3 Leadership in Disaster

7 Worse than the Worst-Case Scenario 167

8 From Openness to Secrecy as the Crisis Deepened 187

9 Leaders in Conflict during a Disaster 210

10 Making Sense of Disaster and Its Management 230

Part 4 Learning for a Future with Global Climate Change

11 Preparing to Avoid Disaster or Preparing for Disaster 247

12 The Acute and the Chronic 275

13 Extreme Weather without Disaster: A Reminder for Moderns 294

14 Survival in the New Frontier 318

Appendix 1 Methodology: Doing Interviews at the Top and Listening to Plain Folk 343

Appendix 2 The Interview Guide 358

Notes 363

Bibliography 387

Index 399

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