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

Overview

* What makes some cities less vulnerable and more resilient in the face of natural disasters?
* Examines the factors involved and draws invaluable lessons from case studies and analysis
* Major contribution to urban studies, social development and disaster management

When disaster strikes in cities the effects can be far worse than in other human environments. But which factors determine how vulnerable a city is to such events, and how ...
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The Vulnerability of Cities: Natural Disasters and Social Resilience

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Overview

* What makes some cities less vulnerable and more resilient in the face of natural disasters?
* Examines the factors involved and draws invaluable lessons from case studies and analysis
* Major contribution to urban studies, social development and disaster management

When disaster strikes in cities the effects can be far worse than in other human environments. But which factors determine how vulnerable a city is to such events, and how resilient it will be in recovering from them?

Focusing on cities in the global South, this book examines the conditions that lead to high losses from urban disasters and the factors that enable some households and communities to withstand disaster more effectively. Through a range of detailed studies, it shows that strengthening local capacity - through appropriate housing, infrastructure and livelihoods - is crucial to improving resilience, and that effective community or municipal government is essential if cities are to cope with disasters successfully.

This book marks a significant advance in our understanding of what works and what doesn't when cities are faced with extreme conditions, and how this can be applied when dealing with other events and stresses.
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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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