At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Catastrophes naturelles - 284 pages
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At Risk reasserts the significance of the human factor in disasters. Establishing that the social, political and economic environment is as much a cause of disasters as the natural environment, the book argues that disaster mitigation is rooted in the potential humans have to understand their vulnerability and to take common action.
Famines and drought, biological hazards, floods, coastal storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides: At Risk draws practical and policy conclusions with a view to disaster reduction and the promotion of a safer environment.
 

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Contents

THE CHALLENGE OF DISASTERS AND
3
What is vulnerability?
9
Notes
17
Time and the chain of explanation
26
ACCESS TO RESOURCES AND COPING IN ADVERSITY
46
FAMINE AND NATURAL HAZARDS
75
BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS
101
FLOODS
124
SEVERE COASTAL STORMS
147
EARTHQUAKES VOLCANOES AND LANDSLIDES
168
Action for disaster reduction
193
TOWARDS A SAFER ENVIRONMENT
218
Bibliography
240
Index
277
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Piers Blaikie is a Professorial Fellow at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA).

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