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Catastrophe in the Making: the Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow (09 Edition)by William R. Freudenburg
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When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to and#147;natural disastersand#8221; or and#147;acts of God.and#8221; But what if theyand#8217;re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves?
Thatand#8217;s the provocative theory of Catastrophe in the Making, the first book to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a and#147;perfect storm,and#8221; but a tragedy of our own makingand#151;and one that could become commonplace. and#160;
The authors, one a longtime New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency response are just the most obvious examples of government failure. The true problem is more deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast.
Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of and#147;economic developmentand#8221; at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are buildingand#151;quite literallyand#151;toward similar destruction.
Too often, the U.S. and#147;growth machineand#8221; generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive and#147;naturaland#8221; disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making shows why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.
Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities acr
In a cemetery on the southern outskirts of Paris lie the bodies of nearly a hundred of what some have called the first casualties of global climate change. They were the so-called abandoned victims of the worst natural disaster in French history, the devastating heat wave that struck in August 2003, leaving 15,000 dead. They died alone in Paris and its suburbs, and were then buried at public expense, their bodies unclaimed. They died, and to a great extent lived, unnoticed by their neighbors--their bodies undiscovered in some cases until weeks after their deaths.
Fatal Isolation tells the stories of these victims and the catastrophe that took their lives. It explores the multiple narratives of disaster--the official story of the crisis and its aftermath, as presented by the media and the state; the life stories of the individual victims, which both illuminate and challenge the ways we typically perceive natural disasters; and the scientific understandings of disaster and its management. Fatal Isolation is both a social history of risk and vulnerability in the urban landscape and a story of how a city copes with emerging threats and sudden, dramatic change.
About the Author
William R. Freudenburgand#160;was professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Robert Gramling is professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Socioeconomic Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Shirley Laska is a professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans and director of the Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART). Kai Erikson is professor emeritus of Sociology and American Studies at Yale University.
Table of Contents
1 Stories, Suffering, and the State: The Heat Wave and Narratives of Disaster
2 Anecdotal Life: Isolation, Vulnerability, and Social Marginalization
3 Place Matters: Mortality, Space, and Urban Form
4 Vulnerability and the Political Imagination: Constructing Old Age in Postwar France
5 Counting the Dead: Risk and the Limits of Epidemiology
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