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- DescriptionIt is widely assumed that humanity should be able to learn from calamities (e.g., emergencies, disasters, catastrophes) and that the affected individuals, groups, and enterprises, as well as the concerned (disaster-) management organizations and institutions for prevention and mitigation, will be able to be better prepared or more efficient next time. Furthermore, it is often assumed that the results of these learning processes are preserved as kwledge in the collective memory of a society, and that patterns of practices were adopted on this base. Within history, there is more evidence for the opposite: Analyzing past calamities reveals that there is hardly any learning and, if so, that it rarely lasts more than one or two generations. This book explores whether learning in the context of calamities happens at all, and if learning takes place, under which conditions it can be achieved and what would be required to ensure that learned cognitive and practical kwledge will endure on a societal level. The contributions of this book include various fields of scientific research: history, sociology, geography, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, development studies and political studies, as well as disaster research and disaster risk reduction research.
- Author BiographyHeike Egner is Professor of Geography and Regional Studies at the Alpen-Adria-Universitat Klagenfurt (Austria). Maren Schorch is a Research Assistant at the University of Siegen (Germany). Martin Voss is head of the Disaster Research Unit at Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany).
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication26/09/2014
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleRoutledge Studies in Environment, Culture, and Society
- Series Part/Volume Number3
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note17 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 7 black & white halftones, 10 black & white line drawings
- Weight589 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byHeike Egner,Maren Schorch,Martin Voss
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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