By Nandini Gunewardena, Mark Schuller, Alexander De Waal, Sara E. Alexander, Gregory Button, Bettina Damiani, Antonio Donini, Elizabeth Guillette, Wahneema Lubiano, Anthony Oliver-Smith, Adolph Reed Jr, Anna Belinda Sandoval Girón, Susan Stonich
In Capitalizing on disaster a world team of students and execs seriously research how neighborhood groups worldwide have ready for and spoke back to fresh cataclysms. The book's valuable concentration is the expanding development to depend upon the personal quarter to accommodate normal failures and other kinds of large-scale devastation, from hurricanes and tsunamis to civil wars and business injuries. known as "disaster capitalism" by way of its critics, the tendency to agreement deepest pursuits to resolve significant, pressing public difficulties can be inevitable yet is very problematic—especially with recognize to peoples who need assistance the main. Can inner most reduction teams provide the top precedence to strength and real sufferers of enormous mess ups, for instance, if that implies devoting fewer assets to holding tourism and different ecocnomic industries? The high-profile members to this quantity straightforwardly take on such well timed and hard questions of serious public quandary.
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Following these scholars, this volume employs a political ecology framework that focuses on the human actions (including policy and development deci sions) that produce hazards and exacerbate vulnerability. In the case of Kat rina, the destruction of wetlands, offshore oil production, construction of levees, and other infrastructure projects destroyed the natural ecosystem, am plifying the storm's destructive effects (Austin 2006). A s many of the case studies i n this volume document, such "technical" de cisions about land use and development are sources of marginality themselves, as they impinge heaviest on the lives of those in marginal social locations.
The encounter between MTV-generation humanitarians and the "savages" is not always easy (as when the Taliban discovered, with a disbelief that confirmed their worst suspicions about the "moral decay" of the outsiders, body-piercings, group sex, and fun damentalism of another hue when raiding aid agency residences in Kabul) . To be fair, the encounter is not always negative: for more than a decade NGOs working in rural Afghanistan, during the anti-Soviet jihad period, provided 34 ANTONIO DONINI solidarity, succor, and a window on the world for hundreds of war-affected communities on the brink of survival.
It is worth noting that this volume contains analyses of both natural hazards and human-mediated disasters. Middleton and O'Keefe con tend that these types of disasters only differ in kind, because both are primarily "political happenings" ( 1 998: 143). " Increasing Use of Private Entities Disaster situations demand a mobilization of public institutions: city and state agencies, regional and national entities, as well as multilateral organizations. However, public institutions'5 funding streams are increasingly directed to ward private entities, including transnational corporations, eroding humani tarian principles such as human security, as Gunewardena discussed in the previous chapter.