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Disciplines, Disasters and Emergency Management: The Convergence and Divergence of Concepts, Issues and Trends From the Research Literature

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David A. McEntire
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368 pages
This book synthesizes what is known about disasters to assist those policymakers and emergency managers who seek to reverse the trends of disasters in the United States and elsewhere around the world.
Disasters, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, as well as others around the world illustrate the importance and complexity of disasters. It is true that international studies can and should participate in the ongoing discussion about how to reduce disasters. However, international studies are only a reflection of the state of disaster research as a whole. Because of this disparate set of contributors, there has never before been as great a need to integrate research findings for practitioners. Comprised of 24 chapters, this book reviews what is known about catastrophic events from the standpoint of various academic areas of study. The introductory chapter discusses the importance of and difficulties associated with multi- and interdisciplinary research on disasters and emergency management. Well-known scholars join efforts with promising students who have recently been exposed to the disaster management profession. They review the current level of knowledge which represents 23 disciplines including, but not limited to geography, engineering, sociology, gerontology, public administration, international relations, law, environmental management, criminal justice, and information science. A summary of the contributions of various disciplines, the identifying of potential research opportunities and a description of ways to address future disaster problems concludes the book. Recommendations for disaster reduction are presented. The intent of the book is to assist individuals in acquiring cutting-edge knowledge about disasters and emergency management. References and index