Handbook of Disaster Research
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 30, 2007 - Medical - 611 pages
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.
What Is a Disaster?
A Heuristic Approach to Future Disasters and Crises New Old and InBetween Types
The Crisis Approach
The Role of Geographic Information SystemsRemote Sensing in Disaster Management
Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Disasters
Race Class Ethnicity and Disaster Vulnerability
Gender and Disaster Foundations and Directions
Disaster and Development Research and Practice A Necessary Eclecticism?
National Planning and Response National Systems
Disaster and Crisis Management in Transitional Societies Commonalities and Peculiarities
Terrorism as Disaster
Recent Developments in US 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 Commemoration After Disaster
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 Housing Recovery Following Disaster
Businesses and Disasters Vulnerability Impacts and Recovery
Organizational Adaptation to Disaster
Community Innovation and Disasters
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 TwentyFirst Century Unthinkable Events in Inconceivable Contexts
New Dimensions The Growth of a Market in Fear
Disasters Ever More? Reducing US Vulnerabilities