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The Invention of Disaster
Power and Knowledge in Discourses on Hazard and Vulnerability

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ISBN 9781138805620
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This theoretical contribution argues that the domination of Western knowledge in disaster scholarship has allowed for normative policies and practices of disaster risk reduction to be imposed all over the world. It takes a postcolonial approach to challenge power relations between researchers and deconstruct concepts, methods, paradigms, discourses and forms of governments inherited from the Enlightenment. The book ultimately encourages the emergence of more diverse worldviews and ways of knowing for both studying disasters and informing policy and practice of disaster risk reduction. Such pluralism is essential to better reflect local realities of what disasters actually are around the world.

This book is an essential read for postgraduate students interested in disaster studies as well as policy makers and practitioners of disaster risk reduction.

Table of Contents

1. What is a Disaster?

2. A Genealogy of Disaster Studies

3. Unfulfilled Promise of a Paradigm Shift

4. The Quest for Pantometry

5. The Governmentality of Disaster

6. Climate Change and the Ultimate Challenge of Modernity

7. Exclusive Inclusion and the Imperative of Participation

8. Gender in Disaster beyond Men and Women

9. Power and Resistance in Disaster Risk Reduction

10. The Invention of Disaster

Postscript: Where to From Here?

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JC Gaillard is Professor of Geography at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.