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The Vulnerability of Cities Natural Disasters and Social Resilience

By: Mark Pelling
212 pages, Tabs
Publisher: Earthscan
The Vulnerability of Cities
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When disaster strikes in cities the effects can be catastrophic compared to other environments. But what factors actually determine the vulnerability or resilience of cities? The Vulnerability of Cities fills a vital gap in disaster studies by examining the too-often overlooked impact of disasters on cities, the conditions leading to high losses from urban disasters and why some households and communities withstand disaster more effectively than others.

Mark Pelling takes a fresh look at the literature on disasters and urbanization in light of recent catastrophes. He presents three detailed studies of cities in the global South, drawn from countries with contrasting political and developmental contexts: Bridgetown, Barbados - a liberal democracy; Georgetown, Guyana - a post socialist-state; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - an authoritarian state in democratic transition.


Introduction Global Trends and Disaster Local Action: Urban Governance and Disaster Liberal Democracy and the Decline of Civil Society: Bridgetown, Barbados Post-socialism and Barriers to Building a Civil Society: Georgetown, Guyana Patriarchal Regimes and Maintenance of a Constructive Civil Society: Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic The Politics of Disaster in the City Appendix I: Methodology Used in Case Studies Appendix II: A Guide to Further Reading Bibliography, Index

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Mark Pelling has worked as a lecturer in the University of Guyana and as a research fellow at the University of Liverpool where he is currently a lecturer in human geography
By: Mark Pelling
212 pages, Tabs
Publisher: Earthscan
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'An ambitious book.' Open House International 'This thought-provoking book can be seen as a foundation stone for a new research agenda.' Journal of International Development 'Pelling has provided another compelling argument against the naturalness of natural disasters...a study that is both comprehensive in its review of theory, varied in its selection of case studies, and concise in their representation on the printed page..' The Geographical Journal 'A valuable addition to the natural hazard literature.' Geographical Association '...a welcome addition to the literature on urban disaster' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management May 2004 '...a readable and rewarding book that should prove as genuinely useful to those working in disaster preparedness as to academics' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management May 2004
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