Social and Institutional Elements of Disaster Vulnerability: The Case of South India


Lee Bosher, FRGS


Ph.D; D/Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University Author of Hazards and the Built Environment (Taylor&Francis)

Studies over the last twenty years show that understanding the social and economic forces that govern society and create vulnerability should have the same emphasis as understanding the physical causes of vulnerability. In this monograph Dr Bosher investigates what social networks and institutions are available (created or imposed) to people that enable them to cope with the large crises that are, alas, prevalent in South India: tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, massive flooding, environmental poisoning, wastewater spillage as well as large scale poverty, misgovernment and endemic disease. This work offers material on disaster risk management processes and the multi-disciplinary integration of these processes within long-term developmental and ameliorative initiatives.

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Conceptual and Theoretical underpinnings
Chapter Three: Contextual study of case study areas
Chapter Four: Methodology
Chapter Five: Contextual analysis
Chapter Six: Factors that influence levels of vulnerability
Chapter Seven: Social Influences upon levels of Vulnerability
Chapter Eight: Conclusions and recommendations

“A fine contribution to the intersection of engineering, public policy ,disaster preparedness and developmental planning. “Recommended for research libraries…excellent research in South India”
Dr Randolph Langenbach, formerly FEMA, researcher UNO/UNESCO

ENGINEERING: Disaster and Emergency Planning/Management, Civil Defense, Civil Engineering, Disaster /Medical intervention, Safety Design (Engineering), India (Area studies)
Release Date: 
Cloth: 978-1-933146-35-5
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
Yes - Statistical and informational armature: tables and graphs

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