1st Edition

Chaos Organization and Disaster Management

Edited By

Alan Kirschenbaum

ISBN 9780824747152
Published November 18, 2003 by Routledge
336 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Chaos Organization and Disaster Management offers a scholarly survey of disaster response behavior and management in the face of natural and manmade catastrophe. The author provides a methodological and empirical platform from which to initiate a critical analysis of disaster management. Sparked by a unique field study of the Israeli experience during the Gulf War, this book demonstrates the massive divide between individual responses to disaster and the actual functioning of disaster management organizations. It exposes the fundamental flaws of disaster management agencies, analyzing disasters from the perspectives of both agencies and potential victims.

Formulating an alternative approach to disaster management that draws upon the advantages of privatization, this volume appraises methods of measuring disaster agency effectiveness, emphasizing the citizen vantage point and stakeholder evaluations. It outlines the intrinsic bureaucratic constraints that impede the efficacy of government agencies, and reveals the disconnect between organizational and victim perceptions of disaster.

By highlighting a new empirically based understanding of disaster behavior, the book recommends moving the focus of disaster management to a social process model that will save lives.

Table of Contents

The Official Organizing of Chaos
Creating Disasters
Preparing for the Worst
Are Disaster Agencies Effective?
The Other Side-Victims Perspective
The Power of Tradition
The Odds of Being a Victim
The Mother Hen Effect
Alternative Organizational Forms
Disaster Communities as Survival Mechanisms
Privatizing Disaster Management

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"an eye-opening analysis of disaster management, one that provides practical advice…his ideas will challenge even the most knowledgeable disaster-management practitioners…anyone who accepts the challenge will find this book to be both intellectually stimulating and practical."
-Security Management, July 2005