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Introduction - Governing Disasters
1 - 20 p.
Hardly a week goes by without some “disaster” brief ly casting its shadow over the television news headlines. Whether “natural,” “technological,” or “sanitary,” these disasters are as remarkable for the cursory manner in which they are discussed in the media as for their brutal and unpredictable character and devastating consequences. Although long marginal to the study of these distinctly exceptional events — unfamiliar terrain for disciplines accustomed to focusing on relatively stable phenomena — the social sciences have recently made deep inroads into this field of study...