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Hiding Behind Hurricanes: The Unexpected Social Consequences of Natural Disasters (Hardback)
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Hiding Behind Hurricanes: The Unexpected Social Consequences of Natural Disasters (Hardback)

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As we know only too well in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, no one is immune to natural disasters. Urban, rural, rich, poor, we all suffer the effects of nature's tantrums. However, in the aftermath we discover that while some of us suffer terrible losses, others can cope easily, and some people actually gain. How can this be explained?John Mutter'sHiding Behind Hurricanesexplores the turbulent boundary where Mother Nature meets human nature under extreme duress.He shows how the common perception of Nature as a capricious villain, random in who it selects as its victims, is wrong, and argues instead that it is human nature that is the critical element that determines what disaster results in tragedy. What we attribute to the hand of nature, we are actually doing to ourselves, and in diverting blame from our own actions we have permitted, even encouraged, injustice to prosper. This is an authoritative examination of the most extreme disasters to have rocked our planet in the last decade, and an optimistic exploration of how we can prevent the injustice of future disaster outcomes. He lives in Piermont, NY.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137278982
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 246 x 160 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This book will open your eyes to the inequities associated with the aftermath of natural disasters." --Natural Resources Defense Council

"Natural disasters, Mutter shows, often make inequality worse, but that process is no accident of nature....Mutter's [book] is focused, zeroing in on natural disasters and the patterns their effects follow." --New Republic

"Foregoing vitriol and industry jargons, Mutter's book is accessible to all readers. His bridging of the two sciences lends an in-depth feeling to an important and timely issue." --Library Journal

"Blending insights from the natural and social sciences, Disaster Profiteers makes a major contribution to knowledge about how catastrophes deepen inequality. With gripping accounts from disasters around the world, Mutter shows why the aftermath of crises often matters more than the initial shock. This is an illuminating, unsettling book." --Eric Klinenberg, author of HEAT WAVE: A SOCIAL AUTOPSY OF DISASTER IN CHICAGO

"Urgent...A hackle-raising book about nature and human nature, venality and justice, and how disasters - before, during, and after - sharply mirror society." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"Forget your assumptions about the true impact of natural disasters. John Mutter has written a riveting account of how natural disasters disproportionately affect poor and disenfranchised communities before, during and after the disaster hits. These are the communities where response is often more about control and containment, rather than humane assistance - and where recovery is rarely effective in rebuilding resilient communities for the pre-storm residents and more about building communities designed to gentrify and attract more affluent populations. This is a must read for anyone interested in the true story of disaster response." --Irwin Redlener MD, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute at Columbia University

"Professor Mutter provides a highly engaging overview of the physical forces that initiate natural disasters and the social dynamics that define their consequences. By dissecting the features of - and responses to - recent high-profile earthquakes, typhoons, floods, and tsunamis, he pushes hard to separate fact from perception, with special emphasis on the biases and inequalities that too often hit marginalized groups the hardest." --John W. McArthur, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

"John Mutter has written an insightful book that stresses that disasters are social phenomena more than they are natural events. He highlights how disasters have been manipulated for political and financial gain via case studies ranging from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy in the United States to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and earthquakes in Haiti and Japan." --Howard Kunreuther, James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Science and Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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