Unlike earthquakes and other natural catastrophes, this "new species of trouble" afflicts persons and groups in particularly disruptive ways. With clear-eyed compassion, in vivid narrative and in participants' own words, Kai Erikson describes how certain communities have faced such disasters. He shows conclusively that new attention must be paid to their experiences if people are to maintain elementary confidence not only in themselves but in society, government, and even life itself.
"Vividly illustrates how administrative power and market forces, when they come loose from any communicative relation with the people they affect, can have devastating consequences, destroying the trust without which people cannot live resilient lives. " -- Robert N. Bellah, Yale University "The very best kind of social writing-a strong, morally awake, clear-headed effort to understand what has happened, again and again, in our twentieth-century American life-a narration of tragedies of our own making." -- Robert Coles "Incredibly powerful. . . . A little gem of a book, absolutely gripping in its narratives." -- Jonathan Kozol
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17th July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 13.97 x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.34