The Culture of Disaster

This far-ranging book explores the way writers, thinkers, and artists have responded to the increasingly political concept of disaster from the Enlightenment until today.

The Culture of Disaster

The Culture of Disaster

From antiquity through the Enlightenment, disasters were attributed to the obscure power of the stars or the vengeance of angry gods. As philosophers sought to reassess the origins of natural disasters, they also made it clear that humans shared responsibility for the damages caused by a violent universe. This far-ranging book explores the way writers, thinkers, and artists have responded to the increasingly political concept of disaster from the Enlightenment until today. Marie-Hélène Huet argues that post-Enlightenment culture has been haunted by the sense of emergency that made natural catastrophes and human deeds both a collective crisis and a personal tragedy. From the plague of 1720 to the cholera of 1832, from shipwrecks to film dystopias, disasters raise questions about identity and memory, technology, control, and liability. In her analysis, Huet considers anew the mythical figures of Medusa and Apollo, theories of epidemics, earthquakes, political crises, and films such as Blow-Up and Blade Runner. With its scope and precision, The Culture of Disaster will appeal to a wide public interested in modern culture, philosophy, and intellectual history.

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The Culture of Disaster
Language: en
Pages: 261
Authors: Marie-Hélène Huet
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-04 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

From antiquity through the Enlightenment, disasters were attributed to the obscure power of the stars or the vengeance of angry gods. As philosophers sought to reassess the origins of natural disasters, they also made it clear that humans shared responsibility for the damages caused by a violent universe. This far-ranging
The Culture of Calamity
Language: en
Pages: 324
Authors: Kevin Rozario
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-23 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Turn on the news and it looks as if we live in a time and place unusually consumed by the specter of disaster. The events of 9/11 and the promise of future attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of New Orleans, and the inevitable consequences of environmental devastation all contribute
Cultures of Disaster
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Greg Bankoff
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Psychology Press

Explores the relationship between environment and culture in the contemporary Philippines. The book will be of interest to those engaged in relief policy and administration in developing countries.
Cultures and Disasters
Language: en
Pages: 282
Authors: Fred Krüger, Greg Bankoff, Terry Cannon, Benedikt Orlowski, E. Lisa F. Schipper
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-24 - Publisher: Routledge

Why did the people of the Zambesi Delta affected by severe flooding return early to their homes or even choose to not evacuate? How is the forced resettlement of small-scale farmers living along the foothills of an active volcano on the Philippines impacting on their day-to-day livelihood routines? Making sense
Catastrophe & Culture
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Susanna Hoffman, Anthony Oliver-Smith
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the

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

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