In this book, world-leading social scientists come together to provide original insights on the capacities and limitations of insurance in a changing world.
Climate change is fundamentally changing the ways we insure, and the ways we think about insurance. This book moves beyond traditional economics and financial understandings of insurance to address the social and geopolitical dimensions of this powerful and pervasive part of contemporary life. Insurance shapes material and social realities, and is shaped by them in turn. The contributing authors of this book show how insurance constitutes and is constituted through the traditional elements of earth, water, air, fire, and the novel element of big data. The applied and theoretical insights presented through this novel elemental approach reveal that insurance is more dynamic, multifaceted, and spatially variegated than commonly imagined.
This book is an authoritative source on the capacities and limitations of insurance. It is a go-to reference for researchers and students in the social sciences – particularly those with an interest in economics and finance, and how these intersect with geography, politics, and society. It is also relevant for those in the disaster, environmental, health, natural, and social sciences who are interested in the role of insurance in addressing risk, resilience, and adaptation.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
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List of Contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction
Section I. Earth
Chapter 2. Insurance and geoengineering: From the delusional to the terrestrial?
Chapter 3. Indexing the soil
Olli Hasu and Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen
Chapter 4. Renaturalising sovereignty: Ex-ante risk management in the Anthropocene
Section II. Water
Chapter 5. Stopping the flow: The aspirational elimination of cross-subsidies in the United States and the United Kingdom
Chapter 6. After the flood: Diverse discourses of resilience in the United States and Australia
Chloe Lucas and Travis Young
Chapter 7. Flood insurance: A governance mechanism for supporting equitable risk reduction and adaptation?
Mark Kammerbauer and Christine Wamsler
Section III. Fire
Chapter 8. Between absence and presence: Questioning the value of insurance for bushfire recovery
Scott McKinnon, Christine Eriksen, and Eliza de Vet
Chapter 9. Is fire insurable? Insights from bushfires in Australia and wildfires in the United States
Kenneth S. Klein
Chapter 10. Fire insurance and the ‘sustainable building’: The environmental politics of urban fire governance
Section IV. Air
Chapter 11. The relational urban geographies of re/insurance: Florida hurricane wind risk and the making of Singapore’s catastrophe finance hub
Zac J. Taylor
Chapter 12. Emotions and under-insurance: Exploring reflexivity and relations with the insurance industry
Chapter 13. Insure the volume? Sensing air, atmospheres and radiation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Christine Eriksen and Jonathon Turnbull
Section V. Big data
Chapter 14. The uncertain element: Personal data in behavioural insurance
Maiju Tanninen, Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, and Minna Ruckenstein
Chapter 15. Insurance, insurtech, and the architecture of the city
Chapter 16. Conclusion: Deconstructing the dualisms of elemental insurance