Response to Disaster: Fact vs. Fiction and Its Perpetuation "The Sociology of Disaster" / Edition 2

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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.

Author Biography: 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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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
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: 9780761811824
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/3/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 What is a Disaster? 1
Ch. 2 Behavioral Response to Disaster 13
Case Study: Why Do Some Evacuate, While Others Do Not? The Ephrata, Pennsylvania Evacuation 22
Ch. 3 Why We Believe the Disaster Mythology 37
Case Study: Disastrous Fantasizing in the Print Media: How Disasters Have Been Portrayed in Newsmagazine Reporting Over a 40 Year Period 42
Case Study: Hurricane Gilbert as the Media's Creation of the 'Storm of the Century' During September 1988 52
Ch. 4 Organizational Response to Disaster 89
Case Study: What the Professionals Believe & The Role of Experience 94
Case Study: Media's Impact on EOC Response 108
Case Study: Experience & Mitigation Planning 124
Case Study: Earthquake Hazard Risk Reduction & Seismic Vulnerability 140
Ch. 5 Future Research Needs 165
Author's Final Note 199
Bibliography 201
Index 215
About the Author 221
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