1st Edition

Natural Disaster and Development in a Globalizing World

By Mark Pelling Copyright 2003
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    The number of humanitarian disasters triggered by a natural hazard has doubled every decade since the 1960s. At the same time, the global economic growth rate per capita is twice its 1960s value. Does this mean economic growth is independent of the impacts of natural disaster?

    Natural Disaster and Development in a Globalizing World is the first book to acknowledge the full implications of globalization for disaster and development. The contributors to this book fully examine:

    • global processes and how they might affect disaster risk at the global scale.
    • links between international issues - such as diplomatic relations, the growth of non-governmental organizations and the health of the international insurance industry - and disaster risk
    • the interaction of these large scale forces with local conditions through case study analysis of individual disaster events.

    In his revealing work, author Pelling makes clear the links between global scale processes and local experiences of disaster, and underlies the difficulty of attributing blame for individual disasters on specific global pressures. He argues that action to reduce disaster must be coordinated at the local, national and global scales and that there is a need for greater integration across the physical and social sciences. In this context, the human rights agenda is seen as a way of moving disaster reduction efforts forward.

    Part I: Introduction 1. Paradigm of Risk Part II: Global Processes and Environmental Risk 2. Does Global Environmental Change cause Vulnerability to Disaster? 3. Changes in Capitalism and Global Shifts in the Distribution of Hazard and Vulnerability 4. Gender, Disaster and Development 5. Disasters, Costs and Adaptation in Developed and Developing Countries Part III: International Exchange and Vulnerability 6. Changing Actors: NGOs and the Private Sector 7. Disaster Diplomacy 8. The Insurance Industry: Can it Cope with Catastrophe? Part IV: Local Contexts and Global Pressures 9. The Social Construction of Disaster in UK and Egypt 10. Prevention or Cure for Catastrophic Events? Landslide at La Josefina, Ecuador 11. Community Level Disaster Mitigation: The Philippines 12. Flood Management and Regime Change in The Netherlands and Bangladesh 13. Unresolved Development Challenges: The Marmara Earthquake, Turkey 14. Ecological Reconstruction of the Upper Yangtze River, China Part V: Conclusion 15. Emerging Concerns


    Mark Pelling