Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

sign up for Boomerang Books BulletinGet Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Cultures of Disaster by Greg Bankoff

The growing impact of natural hazards on many societies has engendered a demand for more in-depth knowledge about how best to deal with their effects. This study explores the relationship between environment and culture in the contemporary Philippines, where natural hazards have occurred with such historical frequency that their constant threat has been integrated into the schema of daily political, economic and social life to form what can be called a 'culture of disaster'. The aim is to use the example of the Philippines to examine the relationship between culture and environment in societies that are inherently vulnerable to natural hazard on account of their geographical location, topography or, more recently, as a result of historically unprecedented processes of environmental change. Bankoff argues that hazard is not perceived in the same way by all societies but like other aspects of culture is a social construction, and that the extremes of wealth and power that characterise these societies are partially the result of the frequency and magnitude of such events. The resultant culture of disaster' treats hazard as a constant feature of the physical environment, one where the chronic threat of extreme geophysical events has been normalised as an integral part of the culture. Within an interpretive framework, this study shows that where hazard has been normalised as an integral part of culture, behaviour becomes characterised by the development of specific coping mechanism that permit particular societies to reach permanent accommodation with the effects of these events. In the Philippines, the absolute cost of these disasters is not shared by the society as a whole but falls disproportionately on those least able to bear them. The book will be of interest to practitioners engaged in relief policy and administration in developing countries, as well as academics in both the social and natural sciences, providing a useful resource for those in Asian studies, Development studies, Environmental studies, Political Science and the growing field of Disaster studies.

Buy Cultures of Disaster by Greg Bankoff from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780700717613
ISBN-10: 0700717617
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Cultures of Disaster by Greg Bankoff

Book Reviews - Cultures of Disaster by Greg Bankoff

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Cultures of Disaster book by Greg Bankoff and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Greg Bankoff

Greg Bankoff is Senior Lecturer in Southeast Asian History at the University of Auckland. His previous books include Crime Society and the State in Nineteenth-Century Philippines (Hawaii University Press: 1996).

Books By Greg Bankoff

Mapping Vulnerability by Greg Bankoff
Paperback, December 2003
$55.43 $62.99
Breeds of Empire by Greg Bankoff
Hardback, November 2007