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Negotiating Disasters: Politics, Representation, Meanings

by Ute Luig (Volume editor)
©2012 Edited Collection XII, 326 Pages

Summary

A wide spectrum of events are covered ranging from floods, the tsunami of 2004, earthquakes and landslides to such long-term processes as the decline of pastures or coastlines. The diversity of the case studies opens up questions on method and the conceptualization of terms. Many authors, among them anthropologists, sociologists, geographers and cultural psychologists engage in definition of crisis, disaster and catastrophe in order to differentiate emic and etic perceptions. They discuss topics like the politics of disaster, developments of boom economies, memory, rituals of mourning and culture change to name but a few. Concepts like risk, vulnerability and resilience are given ample theoretical consideration and are linked to local meanings and interpretation. This book reflects earlier research results and compares them with new theoretical and empirical findings.

Details

Pages
XII, 326
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783653018844
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631610961
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-01884-4
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (September)
Keywords
Namibia coping strategies disaster research Uganda Mozambique USA ritual practices media perception Risk managment religious interpretation India
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XII, 326 pp., 5 fig., 2 tables, 8 graphs

Biographical notes

Ute Luig (Volume editor)

Ute Luig was until 2010 Professor of Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. She did long-term fieldwork in different African countries and Cambodia. Her main interests besides the conceptualization of nature and cultural approaches to disaster research are memory and spirit possession cults. She studied disasters from different perspectives, e.g. in form of the HIV/AIDS crisis, war and memory in Cambodia and cultural interpretations of so-called «natural disasters».

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