Article Index

Blame Assignment in a Diffuse Disaster Situation: A Case Example of the Role of an Emergency Citizen Group

Authors
David M. Neal
Issue
August 1984
Description
Blame occurs frequently after disasters, yet, the process of blame is a neglected topic of disaster research. Our study looks at how a grassroots citizen\\'s group blamed a local company for air pollution and health problems. The blaming process directed toward the company aided in the mobilization of the citizen\\'s group but also prevented any immediate issue-oriented actions. As blame directed toward the company decreased within the group, solidarity within the group decreased. Yet, as blame decreased within the group, issue-oriented actions by the group increased. The placement of blame by the group had both positive and negative consequences for their goals. Comparing this case with other studies of blame in disaster, we found: 1) placing blame does not lead to structural changes in the social system, 2) organizations can be the focus of blame, and 3) only one target of blame can exist. In addition, we suggest that the type of disaster (diffuse or focalized, and technological or natural) may have an impact upon who or what becomes the target of blame.

Book and Film Reviews

Authors
Ronald W. Perry, Beverly A. Cigler, Charlotte A. Cottrill, Maxwell A. Cameron, James S. Nyman, Judith A. Bradbury, Daniel J. Alesch
Issue
August 1989
Description
Crisis Management: A Casebook.\r\n\r\nManaging Disaster: Strategies and Policy Perspectives.\r\n\r\nDisasters: Violence of Nature and Threats by Man.\r\n\r\nEnvironmental Hazards: Communicating Risk as a Social Process.\r\n\r\nRisk Assessment and Management: Emergency Planning Perspectives.\r\n\r\nThe Politics of Earthquake Prediction.\r\n\r\nDisable Persons and Earthquake Hazards.\r\n\r\nSearching for Safety.\r\n\r\n

Book and Film Reviews

Authors
Ronald W. Perry, William A. Wallace, Eric K. Noji, Charles E. Faupel, Anthony Yezer
Issue
March 1989
Description
Reviews of Evacuation in Emergencies: An Annotated Guide to Research and A Guide for Emergency Evacuation Management and Operations by Ronald W. Perry Review of Terminal Disasters: Computer Applications in Emergency Management by William A. Wallace Reviews of Mass Casualties: A Lessons Learned Approach and Triage Decision Trees and Triage Protocols by Eric K. Noji Review of Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in Disaster Recovery by Charles E. Faupel Review of The Economics of Bushfires: The South Australian Experience by Anthony Yezer.

Book and Film Reviews: Airspaces.

Authors
Simon Bennett
Issue
August 2004
Description
No abstract.

Bookl Review: Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans by Robert B. Olshansky and Laurie A. Johnson

Authors
Carla Prater
Issue
March 2012
Description
No abstract.

Book Notes

Authors
Robert A. Stallings
Issue
March 1996
Description
Review of Insurance and Natural Disasters by Robert A. Stallings. Review of The Southern California Fires of 1993 by Robert A. Stallings. Review of Dreading the Next Wave by Robert A. Stallings. Review of The Hyatt Skywalker Disaster and Other Lessons in the Regulation of Buildings by Robert A. Stallings. Review of Renewing FEMA by Robert A. Stallings.

Book Review

Authors
William L. Waugh
Issue
March 2004
Description
Review of Methods of Disaster Research by William L. Waugh.

Book Review: A New Weave of Power, People & Politics-The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation

Authors
Dawn Jourdan
Issue
March 2008
Description
Book Review: A New Weave of Power, People & Politics-The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation\r\nAuthor: Lisa VeneKlasen, Valerie Miller.\r\nReviewed by: Dawn Jourdan\r\nPages: 64-65

Book Review-A Paradise Built in Hell – The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

Authors
Allen H. Barton
Issue
November 2009
Description
No abstract.

Book Review-Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of God.

Authors
Carla S. Prater
Issue
March 2009
Description
No abstract.