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Flame and fortune in the American West : urban development, environmental change, and the great Oakland Hills fire

Author: Gregory Simon
Publisher: Oakland, California University of California Press [2017] © 2017
Series: Critical environment: nature, science, and politics, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Flame and Fortune in the American West investigates the ongoing politics, folly, and avarice shaping the production of increasingly widespread yet dangerous suburban and exurban landscapes. The 1991 Oakland Hills Tunnel Fire is used as a starting point to better understand these complex social-environmental processes. The Tunnel Fire is the most destructive fire...in terms of structures lost...in California  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online-Ausgabe:
Simon, Gregory, 1974- author.
Flame and fortune in the American West.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Simon
ISBN: 9780520292802 0520292804 9780520292796 0520292790
OCLC Number: 992491624
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: xii, 255 Seiten
Contents: Preface Acknowledgments Introduction PART I FLAME AND FORTUNE IN THE AMERICAN WEST: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE INCENDIARY 1. The 1991 Tunnel Fire: The Case for an Affluence-Vulnerability Interface 2. The Changing American West: From "Flammable Landscape" to the "Incendiary" PART II ILLUMINATING THE AFFLUENCE VULNERABILITY INTERFACE IN THE TUNNEL FIRE AREA 3. Trailblazing: Producing Landscapes, Extracting Profits, Inserting Risk 4. Setting the Stage for Disaster: Revenue Maximization, Wealth Protection, and Its Discontents 5. Who's Vulnerable? The Politics of Identifying, Experiencing, and Reducing Risk PART III HOW THE WEST WAS SPUN: DEPOLITICIZING THE ROOT CAUSES OF WILDFIRE HAZARDS 6. Smoke Screen: When Explaining Wildfires Conceals the Incendiary 7. Debates of Distraction: Our Inability to See the Incendiary for the Spark PART IV AFTER THE FIRE: THE CONCOMITANT EXPANSION OF AFFLUENCE AND RISK 8. Dispatches from the Field: Win-Win Outcomes and the Limits of Post-Wildfire Mitigation 9. Out of the Ashes: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and Financial Opportunism Conclusion: From Excavating to Treating the Incendiary Notes References Index
Series Title: Critical environment: nature, science, and politics, 1.
Responsibility: Gregory L. Simon.

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Investigates the ongoing politics, folly, and avarice shaping the production of increasingly widespread yet dangerous suburban and exurban landscapes. In this book, the 1991 Oakland Hills Tunnel Fire  Read more...

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"Simon's book will only become more and more important as our reckoning with climate change becomes more urgent." * U.S. Studies Online *

 
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