The political economy of hazards and disasters


    • Jones, Eric C.
    • Murphy, Arthur D.


The political economy of hazards and disasters

edited by Eric C. Jones and Arthur D. Murphy

(Society for Economic Anthropology monographs, v. 27)

AltaMira Press, c2009

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Includes bibliographies and index



Throughout history, societies have had to decide whom to "sacrifice" and whom to help in times of disaster. This volume examines how elite groups attempt to maintain power through the use of particular economic, political, and ideological instruments and how both ruling elites and common people endeavor to create meaningful traditions while enduring hardship.The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters demonstrates how vulnerability is economically constructed, primary producers adapt their production regimes, how traders and merchants adapt their practices, and how political economic objectives play out in recovery efforts.


Part 1 I. Economic Parameters of Disasters Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Linking Broad-scale Political Economic Contexts to Fine-scale Economic Consequences in Disaster Research Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Anthropology and the Political Economy of Disasters Part 4 II. Class-Based Vulnerability in Disaster Exposure, Impact and Recovery Chapter 5 Chapter 3. "The Dam Is Becoming Dangerous and May Possibly Go:" The paleodemography and political economy of the Johnstown flood of 1889 Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The invisible toll of Katrina: How social and economic resources are altering the recovery experience among Katrina evacuees in Colorado Chapter 7 Chapter 5. Recovering inequality: Democracy, the market economy and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire Part 8 III. The Line between Hazard and Disaster for Primary Producers Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Weak Winters: Dynamic decision-making in the face of extended drought in Ceara, northeast Brazil Chapter 10 Chapter 7. The Impact of Volcanic Hazards on the Ancient Olmec and Epi-Olmec Economies in Los Tuxtlas Region, Veracruz, Mexico Chapter 11 Chapter 8. If the Pyroclastic Flow Doesn't Kill You, the Recovery Will: Cascading impacts of Mt. Tungurahua's eruptions in rural Ecuador Part 12 IV. Product Distribution in Hazardous Settings Chapter 13 Chapter 9. When the Lights Go Out: Understanding natural hazard and merchant "brownout" behavior in the provincial Philippines Chapter 14 Chapter 10. Where Others Fear to Trade: Modeling adaptive resilience in ethnic trading networks to famines, maritime warfare and imperial stability in the growing Indian Ocean economy, ca. 1500-1700 CE Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Madagascar's Cyclone Vulnerability and the Global Vanilla Economy Part 16 V. Political Economic Mitigation of Disasters Chapter 17 Chapter 12. Learning from Disaster? Mad cows, squatter fires and temporality in repeated crises Chapter 18 Chapter 13. . "Hurricanes Did Not Just Start Happening": Expectations of intervention in the Mississippi Gulf Coast casino industry Chapter 19 Chapter 14. From the Phoenix Effect to Punctuated Entropy: The culture of response as a unifying paradigm of disaster mitigation and recovery

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