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At Risk - Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters by Ben Wisner, Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon, and Ian Davis

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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 updated new edition confronts a further ten years of ever more expensive and deadly disasters 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. Examining key natural events and incorporating strategies to create a safer world, this revised edition is an important resource for those involved in the fields of environment and development studies.

A good copy with bumps to corners.

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Author(s):
Ben Wisner, Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon, and Ian Davis
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.5x15cm
Edition:
2004 Edition
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0415252164
ISBN-13:
9780415252164
Number of pages:
471
Publisher:
Routledge
Title:
At Risk - Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters

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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 updated new edition confronts a further ten years of ever more expensive and deadly disasters 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. Examining key natural events and incorporating strategies to create a safer world, this revised edition is an important resource for those involved in the fields of environment and development studies.

A good copy with bumps to corners.

Author(s):
Ben Wisner, Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon, and Ian Davis
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.5x15cm
Edition:
2004 Edition
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0415252164
ISBN-13:
9780415252164
Number of pages:
471
Publisher:
Routledge
Title:
At Risk - Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters

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