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Disasters, Risks and Revelation

Making Sense of Our Times


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 1-10
  3. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 11-34
  4. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 35-47
  5. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 48-66
  6. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 67-94
  7. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 95-118
  8. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 119-128
  9. Steve Matthewman
    Pages 149-168
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 169-204

About this book


Disasters are part of the modern condition, a source of physical anxiety and existential angst, and they are increasing in frequency, cost and severity. Drawing on both disaster research and social theory, this book offers a critical examination of their causes, consequences and future avoidance.


Disasters accidents modernity risk society capitalism Nation social theory sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AucklandNew Zealand

About the authors

Steve Matthewman is Associate Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an established writer and co-editor, and has over 12 years' experience teaching introductory level sociology courses across various institutions in New Zealand

Bibliographic information


“A very interesting book that reviews a large amount of literature, both theoretical and conceptual, and re-presents this in an accessible manner. … It will be of interest to those working in the field of disasters as it brings together rich description of the work of a number of key researchers into one text. … To those sociologists who have not yet engaged with the issue of disaster, you could start nowhere better than with this text.” (Sarah Bradshaw, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 122 (4), January, 2017)