Catastrophe & Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster (School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series), March 2002
At a time of increasing globalization and worldwide vulnerability, the study of disasters has become an important focus for anthropological research-one where the four fields of anthropology are synthesized to address the multidimensionality of the effects to a community's social structures and relationship to the environment. Using a variety of natural and technological disasters-including Mexican earthquakes, drought in the Andes and in Africa, the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Oakland firestorm, and the Bhopal gas disaster-the authors of this volume explore the potentials of disaster for ecological, political-economic, and cultural approaches to anthropology along with the perspectives of archaeology and history. They also discuss the connection between theory and practice and what anthropology can do for disaster management.
The Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective, 1999
From hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes to oil spills and nuclear accidents, natural and technological disasters have become increasingly frequent and destructive across the planet. This ground-breaking collection of essays explores how various cultures in different historical moments have responded to calamity, offering new insights into the complex relationship between society and environment. Through case studies of communities in Great Britain, the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas, contributors examine issues ranging from the social and political factors that set the stage for disaster, to the cultural processes experienced by survivors, to the long-term impact of disasters on culture and society.
Selected Articles (A Complete List can be Provided):
“Katrina and Rita, A Disaster Anthropologist Perspective” American Anthropologist Newsletter, Nov. 2005
“A Map of Recovery,” Tsunami Newsletter. June, 2004.
“Hidden Victims of Disaster.” Global Environmental Change B: Environmental Hazards, Susan Cutter, ed., 5(2003) 67-70, 2004.
“A Map of Recovery: A Survey of the Stages Most Disaster Survivors Endure.” TsuInfo Alert. National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (through NOAA). 5(3): 6-8, 2003.
"The Monster and the Mother: The Symbolism of Disaster," In, CATASTROPHE AND CULTURE, Susanna M. Hoffman and Anthony Oliver Smith, eds. Santa Fe: SAR Press, 2002.
“Applying Disaster Understanding in Mitigation, Preparation, Recovery, and Aid,” with Anthony Oliver-Smith. In, CATASTROPHE AND CULTURE, Susanna M. Hoffman and Anthony Oliver-Smith, eds. Santa Fe: SAR Press, 2002.
“Disaster Hits Home, by Mary C. Comerio, A Review Essay.” JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECOLOGY. Volumne 6, 1999.
“The Regenesis of Traditional Gender Pattern in the Wake of Disaster," In, THE ANGRY EARTH, Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susanna M. Hoffman, eds., pp. 173-191. New York: Routledge, 1999.
“After Atlas Shrugs: Cultural Change or Persistence After a Disaster," pp. 302-326. In, THE ANGRY EARTH, Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susanna M. Hoffman, eds., pp. ANGRY EARTH, New York: Routledge, 1999.
"The Worst of Times; The Best of Times: Toward a Model of Cultural Response to Disaster," In, THE ANGRY EARTH, Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susanna M. Hoffman, eds., pp. ANGRY EARTH, New York: Routledge, 1999.
"Eve and Adam Among the Embers: Gender Patterns After theOakland Berkeley Firestorm." In, THE GENDERED TERRAIN OF DISASTERS: Through Women's Eyes. Elaine Enarson and Betty Hern Morrow, eds., pp. 55-61. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998.
"Up From the Embers: A Disaster Survivor's Story," CLINICAL QUARTERLY, NATIONAL CENTER FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS 4,2:15-16, 1994.