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Dramatic scenes of devastation and suffering caused by disasters such as the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, are viewed with shock and horror by millions of us across the world. What we rarely see, however, are the international politics of disaster aid, mitigation and prevention that condition the collective response to natural catastrophes around the world. In this book, respected Canadian environmental sociologist John Hannigan argues that the global community of nations has failed time and again in establishing an effective and binding multilateral mechanism for coping with disasters, especially in the more vulnerable countries of the South. Written in an accessible and even-handed manner, Disasters without Borders it is the first comprehensive account of the key milestones, debates, controversies and research relating to the international politics of natural disasters. Tracing the historical evolution of this policy field from its humanitarian origins in WWI right up to current efforts to cast climate change as the prime global driver of disaster risk, it highlights the ongoing mismatch between the way disaster has been conceptualised and the institutional architecture in place to manage it. The book’s bold conclusion predicts the confluence of four emerging trends - politicisation/militarisation, catastrophic scenario building, privatisation of risk, and quantification, which could create a new system of disaster management wherein 'insurance logic' will replace humanitarian concern as the guiding principle.  Disasters Without Borders is an ideal introductory text for students, lecturers and practitioners in the fields of international development studies, disaster management, politics and international affairs, and environmental geography/sociology.

Hardcover:

9780745650685 | Polity Pr, October 23, 2012, cover price $69.95

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9780745650692 | Polity Pr, October 23, 2012, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: Dramatic scenes of devastation and suffering caused by disasters such as the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, are viewed with shock and horror by millions of us across the world.

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Product Description: Government plays a critical role in mitigating individual and collective vulnerability to disaster. Through measures such as disaster relief, infrastructure development, and environmental regulation, public policy is central to making societies more resilient...read more
By Andrew Lakoff (editor)

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9780231146968 | Columbia Univ Pr, May 30, 2010, cover price $60.00 | About this edition: Government plays a critical role in mitigating individual and collective vulnerability to disaster.

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9780231146975 | Columbia Univ Pr, May 30, 2010, cover price $20.00 | About this edition: Government plays a critical role in mitigating individual and collective vulnerability to disaster.

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9780231519250 | Columbia Univ Pr, November 1, 2009, cover price $35.99

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By Kenneth J. Saltman (editor)

Hardcover:

9780415956598 | 1 edition (Routledge, May 29, 2007), cover price $170.00

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9780415956604 | 1 edition (Routledge, May 29, 2007), cover price $51.95

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