Cultures of Disaster: Society and Natural Hazards in the Philippines

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 232 pages
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In this fascinating and comprehensive study, Greg Bankoff traces the history of natural hazards in the Philippines from the records kept by the Spanish colonisers to the 'Calamitous Nineties', and assesses the effectiveness of the relief mechanisms that have evolved to cope with these occurrences. He also examines the correlation between this history of natural disasters and the social hierarchy within Filipino society. The constant threat of disaster has been integrated into the schema of daily life to such an extent that a 'culture of disaster' has been formed.
 

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Contents

Vulnerability as western discourse
5
Environment and hazard in Southeast Asia
18
A history of hazard in the Philippines
31
Thecostsof hazard in the contemporary Philippines
61
The politics of disaster management and relief
83
The economics of red tides
106
The social order and the El NinoSouthern Oscillation
123
Cultures of disaster
152
Hazard as a frequent life experience
179
References
200
Index
225
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About the author (2003)

Greg Bankoff is Senior Lecturer in Southeast Asian History at the University of Auckland. His previous books include Crime Society and the State in Nineteenth-Century Philippines (Hawaii University Press: 1996).

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