Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

by Anthony Oliver-Smith
ISBN-10:
0415919878
ISBN-13:
2900415919875
Pub. Date:
10/11/1999
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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Overview

Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

From hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes to oil spills and nuclear accidents, natural and technological disasters have become increasingly frequent and destructive across the planet. This ground-breaking collection of essays explores how various cultures in different

historical moments have responded to calamity, offering new insights into the complex relationship between society and environment. Through case studies of communities in Great Britain, the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas, contributors examine issues ranging from the social and

political factors that set the stage for disaster, to the cultural processes experienced by survivors, to the long-term impact of disasters on culture and society.

vulnerable to cataclysms, whether natural or technologically related and demonstrates how far anthropology has moved from models that assumed stasis and equilibrium. The Angry Earth should be read by all who deal with disaster situations (Elizabeth Colson, author of The Social

Consequences of Resettlement)

new disaster social science now being written, this book belongs on all our reading lists. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, August 2000, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 347-349 This collection is the first to adequately represent the cultural, historical and geographical

scope and complexities of the problem of disaster. It introduces a range of useful perspectives and arguments, with compelling examples. One wishes such a collection had been available to help define the agenda for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, now ending

(Kenneth Hewitt, author of Regions of Risk: a Geographical Introduction to Disasters and editor of Interpretations of Calamity)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900415919875
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/11/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. What is a Disaster? Anthropological Perspectives on a Persistent Question (Anthony Oliver-Smith)

II. ENVIRONMENTAL PATTERN, HAZARDS AND CULTURE: THE ARCHEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

2. Convergent Catastrophes: Geoarcheological Perspectives on Collateral Natural Disasters and Cultural Change in the Central Andes (Michael E. Moseley)
3. Explosive Volcanic Eruptions and Societal Responses: A Comparative Archeological Study in Middle America (Payson Sheets)

III. THE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF CATASTROPHE

4. Examining Vulnerability to Natural Disasters: A Comparative Analysis of Four Southern California Communities After the Northridge Earthquake (Lois Stanford and Robert Bolin)
5. The Negation of a Disaster: The Media Response to the Sea Empress Oil Spill in Wales (Gregory Button)
6. Epidemics (TBD)

IV. HOW CULTURES RESPOND

7. “The Worst of Times, the Best of Times”: Toward a Paradigm of Cultural Response to Disaster (Susanna Hoffman)
8. Disaster and Survival in Bangladesh: Understanding the Cultural Dynamics (Mohammad Zaman)
9. An Analysis of the Variability of Institutional and Cultural Reaction to the Impact of Hurricane Andrew on the Fisheries of Florida versus Louisiana (Christopher Dyer and James McGoodwin)
10. Drought (Terry McCoy)
11. Famine (TBD)
12. The Brotherhood of Pain: Emotion and Social Organization in the Crisis of Disaster (Anthony Oliver-Smith)

V. AGENCIES, SURVIVORS AND CULTURE

13. Bhopal and Beyond: An Anthropology of Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts and Prospects for a Socially Relevant Political Ecology of Disaster Management (Ravi Rajan)
14. The Phoenix Effect in Post-Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of the Economic Development Administration's Culture of Response After Hurricane Andrew (Christopher Dyer)
15. Non-Governmental Organizations (Adam Koons)
16. Displacement and Resettlement (AJ Faas, Roberto Barrios, and Julie Maldonado)

VI. DISASTER AND CULTURAL CONTINUITY

17. Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Disasters: A Looming Future (Heather Lazrus)
18. After Atlas Shrugs: Cultural Persistence and Perpetuation in the Context of Disaster (Susanna Hoffman)

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