Many disasters are approached as if they have a clear beginning, middle and end, but the experience of being in a disaster is often very different. For many victims or survivors, part of what makes particular events so harrowing is a sense that the past, the present and the future are all implicated or affected by what has happened. Animal Disease and Human Trauma offers ways of thinking about disasters that are non-linear and non-prescriptive. Focusing on the UK Foot and Mouth Disease Disaster of 2001, and drawing on international case studies, this fascinating study explores the lived experience of disasters, looking at how daily lives intersect with dramatic events. Exploring the intersection between 'natural' and 'technological' disaster, and individual and collective trauma, Animal Disease and Human Trauma views disaster in its local specificities as well as the wider context of control, risk and debates surrounding the relationship between nature and culture.
- Preface; K. Erikson
- List of Illustrations
- Global to Local: The Case of Foot and Mouth Disease in Cumbria
- Of Animals and Humans
- The Power of Things, Materials
- Trauma and Traumatic Experience
- Working on the Frontline
- Exploring the Lifescape
- Reconfiguring Disasters
- Appendix I: The Compulsory Cull
Ian Convery is Senior Lecturer in the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, UK and is Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, UK. Maggie Mort is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Health Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, UK. Josephine Baxter is Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, UK. Cathy Bailey is Research Fellow at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway, Republic of Ireland.
"[...] a valuable contribution to the literature on disasters."
– Vicente Rodriguez, Environment and Planning