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The Angry Earth : Disaster in Anthropological Perspective - Anthony Oliver-Smith

The Angry Earth

Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

By: Anthony Oliver-Smith (Editor), Susanna Hoffman (Editor)

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Published: 11th October 1999
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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.

""The Angry Earth breaks new ground as anthropologists take a close look at disasters and the response of victims in the immediate aftermath and over the long-run. The book demonstrates how disasters arise from the human propensity to take risks that make people 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 ""The Angry Earth will certainly help make disasters salient to students just coming to anthropology and, one hopes, move others across disciplinary boundaries toward new questions and new perspectives. Offering new and established scholars a promising framework for the new disaster social science now being written, this book belongs on all our reading lists. International Journal of Mass Emergenciesand 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 "The sixteen essays in "The Angry Earth provide empirically fascinating, theoretically compelling, and often heart wrenching analyses of the constitution, effects and human experience of disasters... There can be no doubt that the essays in this volume are essential reading for those interested in hazards and disaster studies.." -Environments

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Anthropology and the Angry Earth: An Overviewp. 1
Disasters, Environment, and Culturep. 17
"What Is a Disaster?": Anthropological Perspectives on a Persistent Questionp. 18
Environmental Pattern, Hazards, and Culture: The Archaeological Perspectivep. 35
The Effects of Explosive Volcanism on Ancient Egalitarian, Ranked, and Stratified Societies in Middle Americap. 36
Convergent Catastrophe: Past Patterns and Future Implications of Collateral Natural Disasters in the Andesp. 59
The Cultural and Social Construction of Catastrophep. 73
Peru's Five-Hundred-Year Earthquake: Vulnerability in Historical Contextp. 74
Constructing Vulnerability in the First World: The Northridge Earthquake in Southern California, 1994p. 89
The Negation of Disaster: The Media Response to Oil Spills in Great Britainp. 113
Varieties of Cultural Responsep. 133
The Worst of Times, the Best of Times: Toward a Model of Cultural Response to Disasterp. 134
The Brotherhood of Pain: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Post-Disaster Solidarityp. 156
The Regenesis of Traditional Gender Patterns in the Wake of Disasterp. 173
Vulnerability, Disaster, and Survival in Bangladesh: Three Case Studiesp. 192
"Tell Them We're Hurting": Hurricane Andrew, the Culture of Response, and the Fishing Peoples of South Florida and Louisianap. 213
Agencies, Survivors, and Reconstructionp. 233
Plan and Pattern in Reaction to Earthquake: Peru, 1970-1998p. 234
Bhopal: Vulnerability, Routinization, and the Chronic Disasterp. 257
The Phoenix Effect in Post-Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of the Economic Development Administration's Culture of Response after Hurricane Andrewp. 278
Disaster and Cultural Continuityp. 301
After Atlas Shrugs: Cultural Change or Persistence after a Disasterp. 302
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780415919876
ISBN-10: 0415919878
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11th October 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1