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Dynamics of disaster : lessons on risk, response and recovery

Author: Rachel Dowty; Barbara L Allen
Publisher: London ; Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2011.
Series: Science in society series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Disasters are the result of complex interactions between social and natural forces, acting at multiple scales from the individual and community to the organisational, national and international level. Effective disaster planning, response and recovery require an understanding of these interacting forces, and the role of power, knowledge and organizations. This book sheds new light on these dynamics, and gives  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Dynamics of disaster
(DLC) 2010038148
(OCoLC)663459813
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Dowty; Barbara L Allen
ISBN: 9781134073382 1134073380 1299867243 9781299867246 1315067196 9781315067193
OCLC Number: 858861462
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 219 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: I. Enviromental, Cultural and Political Concerns. 1. Katrina's contamination: Regulatory knowledge gaps in the making and unmaking of environmental contention / Scott Frickel and M. Bess Vincent --
2. Organizational culture and the Katrina response in Louisiana / Rachel A. Dowtry [and others] --
3. Disasters as system accidents: A socio-ecological framework / Gary Bowden --
4. Conceptualizing disasters as extreme versions of everyday life / Edward Woodhouse --
II. Relocation, Rebuilding and Recovery Concern. 5. Mind maps, memory and relocation after hurricane Katrina / Kathryn Henderson --
6. Post-Katrina neighbourhood recovery planning in New Orleans / Roberto E. Barrios --
7. Rebuilding the historic tremé neighbourhood: Lessons in the repatriation of New Orleans / Barbara L. Allen and Isabelle Thomas Maret --
III. International Disasters and Katrina Comparisons. 8. The 2002 disaster in the Elbe Region, Germany: A lack of context-sensitive knowledge / Juergen Weichselgartner and Emilie Brévière --
9. Social dynamics of unnatural disasters: Parallels between Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 European heat wave / Melanie Gall --
10. After disasters: Emergences of National Insecurity in Sri Lanka / Vivian Y. Choi --
11. Response and recovery in the remediation of contaminated Land in Eastern Germany / Alena Bleicher and Matthias Gross.
Series Title: Science in society series.
Responsibility: edited by Rachel A. Dowty and Barbara L. Allen ; with a foreword by Alan Irwin.

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