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9780415252164

At Risk Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters

At Risk Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415252164
  • ISBN: 0415252164
  • Edition: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Publisher: Routledge

AUTHOR

Blaikie, Piers M., Wisner, Ben, Cannon, Terry

SUMMARY

The term 'natural disaster' is often used to refer to natural events such as earthquakes, hurricanes or floods. However, the phrase 'natural disaster' suggests an uncritical acceptance of a deeply engrained ideological and cultural myth. At Risk questions this myth and argues that extreme natural events are not disasters until a vulnerable group of people is exposed.The new edition of At Risk confronts a further ten years of ever more expensive and deadly disasters since it was first published and discusses disaster not as an aberration, but as a signal failure of mainstream 'development'. Two analytical models are provided as tools for understanding vulnerability. One links remote and distant 'root causes' to 'unsafe conditions' in a 'progression of vulnerability'. The other uses the concepts of 'access' and 'livelihood' to understand why some households are more vulnerable than others. The book then concludes with strategies to create a safer world.Blaikie, Piers M. is the author of 'At Risk Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters', published 2003 under ISBN 9780415252164 and ISBN 0415252164.

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