Communities at Risk: Collective Responses to Technological Hazards

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Stephen Robert Couch, J. Stephen Kroll-Smith
P. Lang, 1991 - Political Science - 320 pages
Communities in ever increasing numbers are facing the ravages of a modern form of calamity, the chronic technical disaster. Unlike natural disasters that strike quickly and disappear, chronic technical disasters, such as chemical or radiation contamination, slowly unfold, trapping communities in seemingly never ending cycles of threat and disorganization. The articles comprising this volume analyze community responses to a type of aversive agent for which there is neither tradition nor formal policy to insure an adequate repertoire of responses.

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About the author (1991)

The Editors: Stephen Robert Couch is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State's Schuylkill Campus. He has published numerous articles dealing with the sociology of the arts, social history, immigration and ethnicity, and most recently, environmental disasters. He has co-edited two books of articles dealing with recent immigration to the United States and, with Steve Kroll-Smith, co-authored a book on the Centralia, Pennsylvania, coal mine fire.
Steve Kroll-Smith is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Penn State University, Hazleton Campus. His work in ritual and belief studies has appeared in leading anthropology, history, and sociology journals. In the past several years he has worked on environmental disasters.