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Natural Disaster and Development in a Globalizing World

Edited By: Mark Pelling

250 pages, Figs, tabs, map

Taylor & Francis

Paperback | Dec 2003 | #136844 | ISBN: 0415279585
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Hardback | Dec 2003 | #136842 | ISBN: 0415279577
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About this book

Identifies links between global scale processes and local experiences of disaster, whilst underlining the difficulty of attributing blame for individual disasters to specific global pressures. Argues that action to reduce disaster needs to be coordinated at the local, national and global scales and that there is a need for greater integration across the physical and social sciences. In this context, the human rights agenda is seen as a way of moving disaster reduction efforts forward.


Part I Introduction: paradigm of risk, Mark Pelling. Part II Global processes and environmental risk: does global environmental change cause vulnerability to disaster?, Neil Adger and Nick Brooks; changes in capitalism and global shifts in the distribution of hazard and vulnerability, Ben Wisner; gender, disaster and development, Maureen Fordham; disasters, costs and adaptation in developed and developing countries, Mohammed Dore and David Etkin. Part III International exchange and vulnerability: changing actors - NGOs and the private sector, Ian Christoplos; disaster diplomacy, Ilan Kelman; the insurance industry - can it cope with catastrophe?, Julian E. Salt. Part IV Local contexts and global pressures: the social construction of disaster in UK and Egypt, Jacqueline Homan; prevention or cure for catastrophic events? - landslide at La Josefina, Ecuador, Arthur Morris; community-level disaster mitigation - the Philippines, Katrina Allen; flood management and regime change in the Netherlands and Bangladesh, Jerome Warner; unresolved development challenges - the Marmara earthquake, Turkey, Alp Ozerdem; ecological reconstruction of the upper Yangtze River, China, Chen Guojie. Part V Conclusion: emerging concerns, Mark Pelling.

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