Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

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Macmillan, 1998 - Social Science - 484 pages
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In a gripping reconnaissance into the urban future, Mike Davis, a provocative interpreter of the American metropolis unravels the secret history of disaster, real and imaginary, in Southern California and shows how these tragedies could have been avoided. As he surveys the earthquakes of Santa Monica, the burning of Koreatown, the invasion of 'man-eating' mountain lions, the movie 'Volcano', and even Los Angeles' underrated tornado problem, he exposes the deep complicity between social injustice and perceptions of natural disorder.

Arguing that paranoia about nature obscures the fact that Los Angeles has deliberately put itself in harm's way, Davis reveals how market-driven urbanization has for generations transgressed against environmental common sense. And he shows that the floods, fires, and earthquakes reaped by the city were tragedies as avoidable -- and unnatural -- as the beating of Rodney King and the ensuing explosion in the streets.

  

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User Review  - David Wagner - Goodreads

If you're interested in untangling the roots of Los Angeles' ongoing urban identity crisis, Ecology of Fear is a must-read. Davis convincingly argues that the city's defining feature is fear ... Read full review

Review: Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

User Review  - Matt Champagne - Goodreads

Doomy stuff from LA buff Mike Davis. I enjoyed this more than City Of Quartz just because it was scarier. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Mike Davis is the author of "City of Quartz, Magical Urbanism," and, most recently, "Dead Cities," and co-author of "Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See," A MacArthur Fellow, he lives in San Diego.

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