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Disasters and Politics: Materials, Experiments, Preparedness

Disasters and Politics: Materials, Experiments, Preparedness

Manuel Tironi (Editor), Israel Rodríguez-Giralt (Editor), Michael Guggenheim (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-53139-6

Apr 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

260 pages

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Winner of the 2014 Amsterdamska Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology!

Arguing that disasters configure the political in new ways, this collection provides a truly international insight into how they can help us to understand the materiality and the pragmatics of politics. As events of radical disruption, disasters can also lead to a re-evaluation of the very definition of the political itself. In exploring these issues, the collection brings together disaster studies, with political theory and science and technology studies, to stimulate a more robust conversation between disciplines and feed into broader sociological debates.

  • Takes an innovative approach to the relationship between disasters and the nature, composition, and effects of the political
  • Leading experts scrutinize how events of radical disruption enable a re-evaluation and redefinition of the political, and the tools and processes through which this happens
  • Comparative case studies give an unrivalled geographic scope, covering Australia, Europe, South America, and the United Kingdom and United States
  • Brings together disaster studies, political theory, and science and technology studies to stimulate broader sociological debate
  • Combines empirical and theoretical approaches to provide an essential teaching resource for graduate and postgraduate students and to open up this dynamic field for mainstream sociology researchers and academics

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction: disasters as politics – politics as disasters (Michael Guggenheim)

Section 1: Materials: Ontologies

1. Geo-politics and the disaster of the Anthropocene (Nigel Clark)

2. Disasters as meshworks: Migratory birds and the enlivening of Doñana’s toxic spill (Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, Francisco Tirado and Manuel Tironi)

3. Misrecognizing tsunamis: ontological politics and cosmopolitical challenges in early warning systems (Ignacio Farías)

Section 2: Experiments: Governance

4. Producing space, tracing authority: mapping the 2007 San Diego wildfires (Katrina Petersen)

5. Atmospheres of indagation: disasters and the politics of excessiveness (Manuel Tironi)

6. Technologies of recovery: plans, practices and entangled politics in disaster (Lucy Easthope and Maggie Mort)

Section 3: Preparedness: Anticipation

7. Creating a secure network: the 2001 anthrax attacks and the transformation of postal security (Ryan Ellis)

8. Concrete governmentality: shelters and the transformations of preparedness (Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim and Zuzana Hrdlièková)

9. Anticipating oil: the temporal politics of a disaster yet to come (Gisa Weszkalnys)

10. Afterword: on the topologies and temporalities of disaster (Mike Michael)

Notes on contributors

Index