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The age of catastrophe : disaster and humanity in modern times

Author: John David Ebert
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Disasters, both natural and man-made, are on the rise. Indeed, a catastrophe of one sort or another seems always to be unfolding somewhere on this planet. This book analyzes the efforts of Westerners to keep the catastrophes outside, while maintaining order on the inside of society"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John David Ebert
ISBN: 9780786471423 0786471425 9780786465798 0786465794
OCLC Number: 793581418
Description: viii, 222 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The End of Natural Disasters --
A Brief Note: Civilization's Loss of Command Over Its Environment --
Part I: Disasters of Paleomodernity --
One. The Sinking of the Titanic and the Fate of the Mobile City --
Two. On the Hindenburg Disaster and the Technologization of the Soul's Descent to Earth --
Part II: Disasters of Neomodernity --
Three. The Plane Crash at Tenerife : What It Unconceals --
Four. The Disaster at Bhopal and the Collision of the Biosphere with the Chemosphere --
Five. Being-Outside-the-World : Thoughts on the Space Shuttle Disasters --
Six. Back from History : Some Implications Regarding the Accident at Chernobyl --
Seven. The Amsterdam Cargo Plane Crash and the Derailment at Eschede : Parallel Accidents --
Eight. The Aum Shinrikyo Nerve Gas Attacks As an Attempt to Recode Japanese Society --
Nine. The Columbine Shootings and the Absence of Meaning --
Part III: Planetary Scale Disasters --
Ten. On the September 11 Terrorist Attacks --
Eleven. Hurricane Katrina and the Flooding of New Orleans --
Twelve. Sichuan, 2008 : The First Man-Made Earthquake --
Thirteen. A Satellite Collision in the Exosphere : Some Ontological Consequences --
Fourteen. Tiny Blue Globe : Ressections on the British Petroleum Oil Spill --
Fifteen. On the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Meltdown --
Postscript: Global Accident --
Appendix: A Disaster Timeline.
Responsibility: John David Ebert.

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Analyses the efforts of Westerners to keep catastrophes outside, while maintaining order on the inside of society. These efforts are presently breaking down, as Nature and Civilization have become so  Read more...

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