Capitalizing on Catastrophe

Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction

Author: Nandini Gunewardena,Mark Schuller

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759111035

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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Capitalizing on Catastrophe critically explores the phenomenon of "disaster capitalism," in which relief efforts for natural disasters and other large-scale disruptions are contracted out to private companies.

Individual and Social Adaptions to Human Vulnerability

Author: Donald C. Wood

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787691772

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This volume celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 'Research in Economic Anthropology' series, presenting ten peer-reviewed anthropological papers looking at human vulnerability, the ways people attempt to cope with it and barriers to successfully overcoming it.

War and Nature

The Environmental Consequences of War in a Globalized World

Author: Jurgen Brauer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0759119295

Category: Political Science

Page: 214

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The inherent dangers of war zones constrain even the most ardent researchers, with the consequence that little has been known for certain about the effects of war on stable environments. War and Nature sifts through the available data from past wars to evaluate the actual impact that combat has on natural surroundings. Examining conflicts of various kinds_he long war in tropical Vietnam, the relatively brief and highly technical wars in the Persian Gulf, and various civil wars in Africa and South-Central Asia fought with small arms_Brauer asks whether differences in technology, location, and duration are critical in causing environmental and humanitarian harm. A number of unexpected conclusions are drawn from this data, including practical agendas for collecting scientific evidence in future wars and suggestions about what the world's environmental and conservation organizations can do. One thing War and Nature does is to show us how globalization can be a force harnessed for good ends.

Computing Our Way to Paradise?

The Role of Internet and Communication Technologies in Sustainable Consumption and Globalization

Author: Robert Rattle

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759109483

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 231

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Rattle's new book challenges key assumptions concerning the role of Internet and communication technologies (ICTs) in globalization processes. The author argues that while globalization is predicated upon a strong, extensive, and interconnected global ICT network of products, processes, and services, the real environmental and health benefits remain far from certain. ICTs have been promoted as the next economic wave with the potential to generate jobs, wealth, and prosperity to surpass that of the industrial era. It is assumed the environmental impacts will be negligible or even beneficial in this shift towards a service economy. Rattle investigates these current and expected trends in ICTs and their potential contribution to sustainable development. His book is an indispensable overview for researchers and instructors in globalization, Internet communication technologies, and environmental anthropology or sociology, as well as a resource for policy makers in environmental protection, sustainable development, sustainable consumption, and the social role of science and technology.

Participatory Action Research

Author: Hal A. Lawson,James Caringi,Loretta Pyles,Janine Jurkowski,Christine Bozlak

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190204400

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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As novel, complex social problems increase, especially those involving vulnerable people who reside in challenging places, the limitations of conventional research methods implemented by just one or two investigators become apparent. Research and development alternatives are needed, particularly methods that engage teams of researchers in real world problem solving while simultaneously generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge. Research methods that effectively tap the expertise of everyday people, especially those impacted by these targeted social problems, are a special priority because academic researchers often lack experiential knowledge that stems from direct, everyday encounters with these vexing problems. Participatory action research (PAR) responds to these manifest needs. It provides a methodological structure and operational guidelines for preparing and deploying people from various walks of life as co-researchers, and it provides a proven strategy for generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge as problem-solving in real world contexts proceeds.

World in Motion

The Globalization and the Environment Reader

Author: Gary Kroll,Richard Howard Robbins

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 281

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The essays collected in World in Motion: The Globalization and the Environment Reader all address the same issue: the global paradox that modern prosperity has entailed extreme environmental degradation. Gary M. Kroll and Richard H. Robbins present readings covering all principal viewpoints on this matter, from the neoliberal belief that environmental and social problems can be fixed through a growing economy to the critics of globalization, who equate growth with environmental degradation. This book asks an important question: Can we simply accelerate growth under the assumption that increased prosperity and new technologies will allow us to reverse environmental damage? Or do we need to transform our modes of living radically to maintain the health of the world around us? Book jacket.