Community Disaster Vulnerability

Theory, Research, and Practice

  • Michael J. Zakour
  • David F. Gillespie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 1-15
  3. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 17-35
  4. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 37-53
  5. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 55-71
  6. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 73-86
  7. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 87-101
  8. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 103-116
  9. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 117-128
  10. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 129-141
  11. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages 143-160
  12. Michael J. Zakour, David F. Gillespie
    Pages E1-E2
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 161-175

About this book

Introduction

Large-scale disasters--Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 tsunami, the BP oil spill--are enduring reminders of the fragility of our natural resources, our built environment, and our human communities. Particularly apparent is how much longer recovery takes for some survivors than others--and that some never recover at all.

Community Disaster Vulnerability offers a deeply nuanced understanding of how disasters affect at-risk populations such as the poor and the elderly, beginning with factors that contribute to disaster risk. Its focus on the complex layers of disruption caused by disasters links research findings across disciplines and levels of intervention. Concepts and models are included that systematically explain the sociopolitical aspects of disasters and identify relevant interventions for bolstering community resilience, providing social support, and distributing post-disaster resources. These practical applications of the theory propose methods of proactive planning for and responses to natural, manmade, or hybrid crises. This far-reaching volume: 

  • Introduces a general framework for disaster vulnerability theory.
  • Explains social development and resilience perspectives as they relate to vulnerability theory.
  • Illustrates the use of geographic methods in describing the locations, depth, and extent of disaster vulnerability.
  • Examines cross-sectional research designs and linear statistical models in community disaster vulnerability research.
  • Applies a system dynamics simulation model to disaster policy and planning.
  • Features a detailed model of vulnerability and resilience factors in disasters.

Skillfully blending analysis, empathy, and practicality, Community Disaster Vulnerability will advance the work of human service personnel, emergency managers, and professionals in social work education and research.

Keywords

Community Practice Community Resilience Community Vulnerability Human Service Linear Statistics Rehabilitation after Natural Disasters Resilience Resource Dependence Theory Social Work Education Social Work Research Statistics in Vulnerability Research Stress and Coping Structural Equation Modeling Trauma and Resilience Vulnerability Research Vulnerability Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Zakour
    • 1
  • David F. Gillespie
    • 2
  1. 1., School of Social WorkWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2., Brown School of Social WorkWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5737-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5736-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5737-4
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