This book provides a global view of the social effects of disaster in developed and developing countries. It focuses on the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in the US and other recent disasters to examine vulnerability and post-disaster recovery strategies. The authors also explore the ways state policy can reduce vulnerability in the future.
"It is both challenging of prevailing discourses, and is written with a cultural sensitivity, which makes it a highly imnportant book for those who whose work explores interactions between people and hazardous environments….A book that it is felt will contribute to a concerted effort by some hazards researchers to bridge the 'risk archipelago." The Geographical Journal, March 2000
'Bolin and Stanford have made an important and timely contribution to the disaster literature.' - The Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
I. A Common Disaster II. Perspectives on Disasters III. Situating the Northridge Earthquake IV. Situating the Communities and the Research V. Responding to Northridge VI. Restructuring After Northridge VII. Vulnerability, Sustainability, and Social Change