402 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
The Angry Earth explores how various cultures in different historical moments have responded to calamity, offering insight into the complex relationship between societies and their environments.
From hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes to oil spills and nuclear accidents, disasters triggered by both natural and technological hazards have become increasingly frequent and destructive across the planet. Through case studies drawn from around the globe the contributors to this volume examine issues ranging from the social and political factors that set the stage for disaster, to the cultural processes experienced by survivors, to the long-term impact of disasters on culture and society. In the second edition, each chapter has been updated with a postscript to reflect on recent developments in the field. There is also new material on key present-day topics including epidemics, drought, non-governmental organizations, and displacement and resettlement.
This book demonstrates the relevance of studying disaster from an anthropological perspective and is a valuable resource not only for anthropologists but for other fields concerned with education, policy and practice.
List of Figures and Tables
Note on Contributors
Introduction to the Second Edition of The Angry Earth: From Introduction to Widespread Reception (Susanna M. Hoffman and Anthony Oliver-Smith)
Introduction to the First Edition. Anthropology and the Angry Earth: An Overview (Susanna M. Hoffman and Anthony Oliver-Smith)
I. DISASTERS, ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE
Postscript: Hazards of Nature, Disasters of Society
II. ENVIRONMENTAL PATTERN, HAZARDS AND CULTURE: THE ARCHEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Postscript: Convergent Catastrophe: Past Patterns and Future Implications of Collateral natural Disaster in the Andres
Postscript: When the Natural Hazard Becomes a Cultural Disaster
III. THE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF CATASTROPHE
Postscript: The Five Hundred Year Earthquake: Seeking Root Causes and Deep Drivers
Postscript: Vulnerability Then and Now
Postscript: Continued Disavowal and The Advent of Social Media
IV. HOW CULTURES RESPOND
Postscript: Behind the States and Act Four: More to the Worst of Times, the Best of Times Model
Postscript: Integrated Approach to Risk Reduction and Development
Postscript: Recognizing the Diversity of Disaster Impacts: The Need for Response Protocols, Anticipation, and Human Rights
Postscript: Communitas and Resilience
Postscript: Still With Us After all These Years; But Slowly Changing
V. AGENCIES, SURVIVORS AND CULTURE
Postscript: Revisiting a Scene of Disaster, Again
Postscript: The Bhopal Gas Disaster Three Decades On
Postscript: The Phoenix Effect Revisited: Hurricane Andrew, South Florida, and the Rise of Punctuated Entropy
VI. DISASTER AND CULTURAL CONTINUITY
Postscript: The Question of Culture Continuity and Change After a Disaster Twenty Years Later