The Vulnerability of Cities: Natural Disasters and Social Resilience [NOOK Book]

Overview

When disaster strikes in cities the effects can be catastrophic compared to other environments. But what factors actually determine the vulnerability or resilience of cities? The Vulnerability of Cities fills a vital gap in disaster studies by examining the too-often overlooked impact of disasters on cities, the conditions leading to high losses from urban disasters and why some households and communities withstand disaster more effectively ...
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The Vulnerability of Cities: Natural Disasters and Social Resilience

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Overview

When disaster strikes in cities the effects can be catastrophic compared to other environments. But what factors actually determine the vulnerability or resilience of cities? The Vulnerability of Cities fills a vital gap in disaster studies by examining the too-often overlooked impact of disasters on cities, the conditions leading to high losses from urban disasters and why some households and communities withstand disaster more effectively than others.

Mark Pelling takes a fresh look at the literature on disasters and urbanization in light of recent catastrophes. He presents three detailed studies of cities in the global South, drawn from countries with contrasting political and developmental contexts: Bridgetown, Barbados - a liberal democracy; Georgetown, Guyana - a post socialist-state; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - an authoritarian state in democratic transition.

This book demonstrates that strengthening local capacity - through appropriate housing, disaster-preparedness, infrastructure and livelihoods - is crucial to improving civic resilience to disasters. Equally important are strong partnerships between local community-based organizations, external non-governmental and governmental organizations, public and private sectors and between city and national government. The author highlights and discusses these best practices for handling urban disasters.

With rapid urbanization across the globe, this book is a must-read for professionals, policy-makers, students and researchers in disaster management, urban development and planning, transport planning, architecture, social studies and earth sciences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136551468
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Sect. I Cities and Environmental Risk
1 Tracing the Roots of Urban Risk and Vulnerability 3
2 Cities as Sites for Disaster 19
3 Social Vulnerability in the City 46
4 Urban Governance and Disaster 68
Sect. II The Case Studies
5 Maintaining Civil Society in a Liberal Democracy: Bridgetown, Barbados 97
6 Post-socialism and Barriers to Building a Civil Society: Georgetown, Guyana 118
7 Patrimonial Regimes and the Maintenance of a Constructive Civil Society: Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic 139
Sect. III Towards Safer Cities
8 Action for Safer Cities 163
Appendix 185
References 188
Index 205
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