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Confronting Catastrophe
Confronting Catastrophe

Confronting Catastrophe

New Perspectives on Natural Disasters


Trade Paper, (US $38.00)

Publication Date: January 2000

ISBN 9781903544013

Rights: US & CA

Dunedin Academic Press (Jan 2000)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


Confronting Catastrophe addresses natural disasters in terms of the issues arising from globalization, technological development and consumer culture. These factors have profoundly altered social and economic values, and international relations have responded to a new balance of forces and ideologies. Beginning by examining the theoretical underpinnings of academic and applied work the author then considers cultural, economic and historical changes in relation to the impact of disasters on human societies. Special attention is given to the effects of new technologies on vulnerability to natural catastrophe and to the difference in impacts between industrialized nations and developing countries. It is argued that, far from being exceptional events, disasters are a normal part of life and a substantial influence on most human cultures.

Author Biography

David Alexander is Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.