A New Species Of Trouble

A New Species Of Trouble

by Kai Erikson
     
 

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In the twentieth century, disasters caused by human beings have become more and more common.
Unlike earthquakes and other natural catastrophes, this "new species of trouble" afflicts persons and groups in particularly disruptive ways.
With clear-eyed compassion, in vivid narrative and in participants' own words, Kai Erikson describes how certain communities

Overview

In the twentieth century, disasters caused by human beings have become more and more common.
Unlike earthquakes and other natural catastrophes, this "new species of trouble" afflicts persons and groups in particularly disruptive ways.
With clear-eyed compassion, in vivid narrative and in participants' own words, Kai Erikson describes how certain communities have faced such disasters. He shows conclusively that new attention must be paid to their experiences if people are to maintain elementary confidence not only in themselves but in society, government, and even life itself.

Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Kozol
“Incredibly powerful. . . . A little gem of a book, absolutely gripping in its narratives.”
Robert Coles
“The very best kind of social writing—a strong, morally awake, clear-headed effort to understand what has happened, again and again, in our twentieth-century American life—a narration of tragedies of our own making.”
Robert N. Bellah
“Vividly illustrates how administrative power and market forces, when they come loose from any communicative relation with the people they affect, can have devastating consequences, destroying the trust without which people cannot live resilient lives.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Erikson examines how various communities and victims have dealt with man-made disasters, concluding that these experiences can help keep people's faith in the government and social systems. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393313192
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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