At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters

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CONTENTS
List of illustrationsix
Foreword: The Great Wavexi
Preface to 2004 editionxiv
Preface to 1994 editionxvi
List of abbreviations and acronymsxviii
PART I Framework and theory1
1 The challenge of disasters and our approach3
In at the deep end3
Conventional views of disaster10
What is vulnerability?11
Changes since the first edition20
Convergence and critique29
Audiences32
Scope and plan of the book35
Limits and assumptions37
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1.1 Naturalness versus the 'social causation of disasters6
2 The Disaster Pressure and Release model49
The nature of vulnerability49
Cause and effect in the Disaster Pressure model52
Time and the chain of explanation59
Limits to our knowledge60
Global trends and dynamic pressures62
Uses of the PAR model83

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface to the 2004 Edition xiv
  • Preface to the 1994 Edition xvi
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms xviii
  • Part I - Framework and Theory 1
  • 1 - The Challenge of Disasters and Our Approach 3
  • 2 - The Disaster Pressure and Release Model 49
  • 3 - Access to Resources and Coping in Adversity 87
  • Part II - Vulnerability and Hazard Types 125
  • 4 - Famine and Natural Hazards 127
  • 5 - Biological Hazards 167
  • 6 - Floods 201
  • 7 - Coastal Storms 243
  • 8 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes 274
  • Part III - Towards a Safer Environment 319
  • 9 - Towards a Safer Environment 321
  • Bibliography 377
  • Index 447
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