Response to Disaster: Fact Versus Fiction and Its Perpetuation: the Sociology of Disaster / Edition 2

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Overview

This edition of Response to Disaster provides an updated and more thorough version of the well-received 1994 first edition. The author adds new research and expands on areas only briefly developed in the first edition, which disseminated the original research findings from several disaster research studies completed by the author. He provides the reader with a basic understanding of how people and organizations usually respond to a disaster in contrast to how they are usually perceived to respond, as well as a description of how and why the mass media helps provide both accurate and inaccurate information involving disasters. In addition, the author discusses organizational response to disasters and assesses future needs in research to improve the reaction to them so that mitigation, planning, and disaster response activity are more effective. Here, he greatly expands the areas of theory of approaches to disaster.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Contingencies and Crisis Management
. . . the collection of papers contained in the book may provide a useful introduction to disaster research to newcomers, in need of a synthetic overview of the main issues dealt with.
— Bruna De Marchi
Journal Of Contingencies and Crisis Management - Bruna De Marchi
. . . the collection of papers contained in the book may provide a useful introduction to disaster research to newcomers, in need of a synthetic overview of the main issues dealt with.
Booknews
A third-generation disaster researcher challenges what he sees as a myth perpetrated since the genesis of the field in the 1950s that faced with an emergency, most people will panic and flee, become helplessly impassive, or loot. He sets out the empirical evidence in statistics and case studies. He agrees with colleagues that the mass media are a primary factor in spreading the myth, but goes beyond them to address what emergency agencies can do despite it. Graduate and undergraduate students interested in social response to disasters, the disaster research community, and people responsible for responding to disaster might find the treatment interesting. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761811831
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry W. Fischer III is a member of the International Research Committee on Disasters, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 What is a Disaster? Chapter 5 Behavioral Response to Disaster Chapter 6 Why We Believe the Disaster Mythology Chapter 7 Organizational Response to Disaster Chapter 8 Future Research Needs Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Author

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