Response to Disaster: Fact Versus Fiction & Its Perpetuation: The Sociology of Disaster

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Overview

This book 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. The author also describes how and why the mass media helps to provide both accurate and inaccurate information. If each of us were to gain a better understanding of the behavioral and organizational problems commonly encountered during a disaster, we may facilitate more effective mitigation, planning, and disaster response activity in our own communities and in the nation. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; What is a Disaster?; Behavioral Responses to Disaster; Why We Believe the Disaster Mythology; Organizational Response to Disaster; Future Research Needs; Bibliography; Index.

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Editorial Reviews

Norman Anderson
...I found the book fascinating at the first read, instructive and thought provoking at the second. Yes, it is that kind of book, and certainly will be of great value to all those at whom it is aimed.
From the Publisher
...how people and organisations usually respond to disasters... as well as...how and why news organisations provide accurate and inaccurate information about disasters.
H.C. Wilson
...The book certainly lays the evidence to dispel the concept of the myths and is illustrated by well-researched case examples. If I do have a complaint, it is that it is too short!
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.
International Civil Defence Journal
...how people and organisations usually respond to disasters... as well as...how and why news organisations provide accurate and inaccurate information about disasters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819195531
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry W. Fischer, III is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 BContents: What is a Disaster?
Chapter 2 Behavioral Responses to Disaster
Chapter 3 Why We Believe the Disaster Mythology
Chapter 4 Organizational Response to Disaster
Chapter 5 Future Research Needs
Chapter 6 Bibliography
Chapter 7 Index

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