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At risk : natural hazards, people's vulnerability and disasters

Author: Ben Wisner
Publisher: Routledge ; New York : Routledge, [2004] ©2004
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second edition
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The term 'natural disaster' is often used to refer to natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes or floods. However, the phrase 'natural disaster' suggests an uncritical acceptance of a deeply engrained ideological and cultural myth. At Risk questions this myth and argues that extreme natural events are not disasters until a vulnerable group of people is exposed. The new edition of At Risk confronts a further  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Wisner
ISBN: 0415252156 9780415252157 0415252164 9780415252164
OCLC Number: 1195466842
Description: xix, 471 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The challenge of disasters and our approach --
The disaster pressure and release model --
Access to resources and coping in adversity --
Famine and natural hazards --
Biological hazards --
Floods --
Coastal storms --
Earthquakes and volcanoes --
Towards a safer environment.
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The term 'natural disaster' is often used to refer to natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes or floods. However, the phrase 'natural disaster' suggests an uncritical acceptance of a deeply engrained ideological and cultural myth. At Risk questions this myth and argues that extreme natural events are not disasters until a vulnerable group of people is exposed. The new edition of At Risk confronts a further ten years of ever more expensive and deadly disasters since it was first published and discusses disaster not as an aberration, but as a signal failure of mainstream 'development'. Two analytical models are provided as tools for understanding vulnerability. One links remote and distant 'root causes' to 'unsafe conditions' in a 'progression of vulnerability'. The other uses the concepts of 'access' and 'livelihood' to understand why some households are more vulnerable than others. The book then concludes with strategies to create a safer world.

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