- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition (December 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415252164
- ISBN-13: 978-0415252164
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters 2nd Edition
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""At Risk has become a classic of disasters literature. Its key argument, that the analysis of disasters should not be segregated from everyday life, is an important lesson for students, researchers, and practitioners."
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About the Author
Ben Wisner is Research Fellow at the Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics, and Affiliate Researcher on the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, Ohio.
Piers Blaikie is Professor of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Terry Cannon is Senior Lecturer in Geography and Development Studies at the University of Greenwich.
Ian Davis is Managing Director of the Oxford Centre for Disaster Studies.
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The book describes 12 principles towards a safer environment. It cannot be made by technical measures alone. It should address the root causes by challeging any ideology, political or economic system which causes or increases vulnerability. It should reduce pressures by developing by macro forces such as urbanisation, re-afforestation, a.o. It should achieve safe conditions by protected environment, resilient local economy and public actions, such as disaster preparedness. Together with technical measures to reduce certain hazards (such as flood defences, shelter breaks, etc), it should all lead to a substantial reduction in disaster risk.
The book illustrates natural hazards from a social studies point of view, with striking observations, such as the bureaucratic blindness and biased relief assistance in South Carolina following hurricane Hugo in 1989 to the needs of many African Americans who lacked insurance and other support systems. The huge North Vietnam floods in 1971 only resulted in a few hundred deaths, largely because of a highly efficient wartime village-level organisation that allowed rapid evacuation and provision of first aid, whereas the similar 1970 Bangladesh floods killed a record 300,000 people.