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Catastrophe: Law, Politics, and the Humanitarian Impulse

Catastrophe: Law, Politics, and the Humanitarian Impulse (Paperback)

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This book evaluates the impact of catastrophic events on social institutions. From 9/11 to Katrina, from Darfur to the Minnesota bridge collapse, ours is an 'age of catastrophe'. In this era, catastrophic events seem to have a revelatory quality: they offer powerful reminders of the fragility of our social and institutional architectures, making painfully evident vulnerabilities in our social organization that were otherwise invisible. By disrupting the operation of fundamental mechanisms and infrastructures of the social order, they lay bare the conditions that make our sense of normalcy possible. At a time when societies are directing an unprecedented level of resources and ingenuity to anticipating and mitigating catastrophic events, "Catastrophe: Law, Politics, and the Humanitarian Impulse" examines the tests that catastrophe poses to politics and humanitarianism as well as to the law. It explores legal, political, and humanitarian responses during times when the sudden, discontinuous, and disastrous event has become, perhaps paradoxically, a structural component of our political imagination.

It asks whether law, politics, and humanitarianism live up to the tests posed by disaster, and the role all of them play in creating a more resilient world. Taken together the essays in this book ask us to see through and beyond the myths that surround catastrophe and our responses to it. They ask us to rethink our understanding of catastrophe and to imagine new legal, political, and humanitarian responses.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial impact of disastersFamine Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press Publication Date: 04/12/2009 ISBN-13: 9781558497382  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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AUSTIN SARAT is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science at Amherst College. JAVIER LEZAUN is University Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance, Oxford University.

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