- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
Ships in 1 to 3 days
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
This title in other editions
Other titles in the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research series:
Handbook of Disaster Research (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research)by Havidan Rodriguez
Synopses & Reviews
Book News Annotation:
What is necessary to understand an unthinkable event in an inconceivable context? Perhaps the only positive element of recent world events has been that scholars are making progress in learning how to prepare, what to do, and how to add human-caused catastrophe to disaster situations. This well-reasoned, accessible and comprehensive collection of 32 articles by leading authorities focus on opportunity as they address the proper definition of a "disaster," heuristic approaches, methodology, the role of sophisticated systems, morbidity and mortality, gender, global and local economics, local management, community processes such as warning and evacuation, search and rescue, sustainable recovery, shelter and housing, business recovery, organizational adaptation, the role of research, national systems, transitional societies, terrorism, homeland security, the mass media, popular culture, commemoration, applications to the classroom, research translated into practice, technology, the growth of the market, and reducing US vulnerability. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Recent disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, bomb explosions in London, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan Earthquake, floods in Central America, and landslides in Indonesia, among many others, have resulted in an extensive loss of life, social disruption, significant economic impacts to local and national economies, and have made headline news in countries throughout the world. Thus the Handbook of Disaster Research is a timely and much needed contribution to the field of disasters. The editors of this Handbook have brought together a comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume with a diverse and international group of contributors. The Handbook is based on the principle that disasters are social constructions and focuses on social science disaster research. Attention is given to conceptual issues dealing with the concept disaster and to methodological issues relating to research on disasters, including Geographic Information Systems as a useful research tool and its implications for future research; how disaster research is increasingly being used in the emergency management curriculum; and how research is useful in dealing with emergency operations. The Handbook also includes a number of essays focusing on various types of vulnerabilities. In addition, there are discussions on community processes that are evoked by disasters, including warnings, search and rescue, coordination, and organizational adaptation, as well as, dealing with death and injury, and recovery, and the role of the media in disasters; special attention is given to emergency systems in several nation states. The Handbook also includes contributions focusing on the relationship between disaster and development, the popular culture of disasters, new dimensions of disaster research, as well as projections of disasters into the future. Disasters allow the opportunity for social scientists to study human behavior in which adaptation, resilience and innovation are often more clearly revealed than in normal and stable times. The Handbook of Disaster Research provides an interdisciplinary and international approach to disasters with theoretical, methodological, and practical applications.
This timely Handbook is based on the principle that disasters are social constructions and focuses on social science disaster research. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to disasters with theoretical, methodological, and practical applications.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction.- What is a Disaster?.- A Heuristic Approach to Future Disasters and Crises: New, Old, and In Between Types.- The Crisis Approach.- Methodological Issues.- The Role of Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing in Disaster.- Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Disasters.- Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Disaster Vulnerability.- Gender and Disaster: Foundations and Directions.- Globalization and Localization: An Economic Approach.- Local Emergency Management Organizations.- Community Processes: Warning and Evacuation.- Search and Rescue Activities in Disasters.- Community Processes: Coordination.- Sustainable Disaster Recovery: Operationalizing an Existing Agenda.- Sheltering and ousing Recovery Following Disaster.- Businesses and Disasters: Vulnerability, Impact and Recovery.- Organizational Adaptation to Disaster.- Community Innovation and Disasters.- Disaster and Development Research and Practice: A Necessary Electicism?.- National Planning and Response: National Systems.- Disaster and Crisis Management in Transitional Societies: Commonalitites and Regularities.- Terrorism as Disaster.- Recent Developments in U.S. Homeland Security Policies and Their Implications for the Management of Extreme Events.- Unwelcome Irritant or Useful Ally: The Mass Media in Emergencies.- The Popular Culture of DIsaster: Exploring a New Dimension of Disaster Research.- Remembering: Community Commemorations After Disaster.- Research Applications in the Classroom.- From Research to Praxis: The Relevance of Disaster Research for Emergency Management.- Communicating Risk and Uncertainty: Science, Technology, and Disasters at the Crossroads.- Crisis Management in the 21st Century: "Unthinkable" Events in "Inconceivable" Contexts.- New Dimensions: The Growth of a Market in Fear.- Disasters Ever More? Reducing U.S. Vulnerabilities.- References.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Children's » General