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Disasters

Disasters: from Haiti to New Orleans. Laurie Taylor explores the social roots of disaster vulnerability.

Disasters: Kathleen Tierney, Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, sheds light on the social roots of disaster vulnerability. We know that hurricanes and tsunamis kill, maim, and generate huge financial losses – but they do not wreak their damage equally across populations. How do countries recover from disasters? Greg Beckett, Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology at Western University, Ontario, talks about the lives of Haitian people struggling to survive amid the ruins of ecological devastation and economic collapse. In what ways do natural disasters – principally the 2010 earthquake - amplify existing crises?

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes

Guests

Greg Beckett - Assistant Professor -Sociocultural Anthropology, Western University, Canada

Kathleen Tierney - Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado 

Reading List

  • 'There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince' by Greg Beckett
  •  'Disasters: A Sociological Approach' by Kathleen Tierney

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