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Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief

Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

December 2010 | 984 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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This encyclopedia covers response to disasters around the world, from governments to NGOs, from charities to politics, from refugees to health, and from economics to international relations, covering issues in both historical and contemporary context. The volumes include information relevant to students of sociology, national security, economics, health sciences, political science, emergency preparedness, history, agriculture, and many other subjects. The goal is to help readers appreciate the importance of the effects, responsibilities, and ethics of disaster relief, and to initiate educational discussion brought forth by the specific cultural, scientific, and topical articles contained within the work.

Including 425 signed entries in a two-volume set presented in A-to-Z format, and drawing contributors from varied academic disciplines, this encyclopedia also features a preface by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton of the 9/11 Commission. This reference resource examines disaster response and relief in a manner that is authoritative yet accessible, jargon-free, and balanced to help readers better understand issues from varied perspectives.

Key Themes

- Geography

- Government and International Agencies

- History

- Human-induced Disasters

- Infrastructure

- Local Response

- Major Disasters (Relief Case Studies)

- Medicine and Psychology

- Methods and Practices

- Mitigation

- Natural Disasters (Overviews)

- Politics and Funding

- Preparedness

- Recovery

- Response

- Science and Prediction

- Sociology

- U.S. Geographical Response

Rebecca Berne
Children, In State Care

"Overall, I would recommend this encyclopedia to broad audience for several reasons. Although there are a number of high quality handbooks available on the topic of disaster management, ... this resource is a rare example of a comprehensive encyclopedia on disasters and disaster relief combining a global and historical perspective on the subject area. The scope of the work and the simple but effective navigation to information will attract a wide range of interested users from students and teachers to community organizers and the general public. Sage’s Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief fills a current gap in the modern reference collection."

Carol Perry
University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
Social Sciences
Key features
  • This encyclopedia comprehensively explores major topics related to disaster response around the world via 425 signed entries in a two-volume set presented in A-to-Z format.
  • Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton (Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of The 9/11 Commission Report, The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States) have contributed a special invited Preface.
  • Drawing contributors from varied academic disciplines (medicine and public health, public policy and administration, economics and politics, counseling and clinical psychology, social work and the human services, environmental studies and engineering, etc.), entries examine disaster response and relief in a manner that is authoritative yet accessible, jargon-free, and balanced to help readers better understand issues from varied perspectives.
  • While entries are organized in standard A-to-Z fashion, a thematic Reader's Guide in the front matter convenientlty groups related entries by broad, general topic area, and readers are further assisted by cross-references and recommended readings that follow each entry.
  • A Chronology, a Resource Guide, a Glossary, and other appendices provide invaluable pedagogical aids for readers.
  • A detailed index and an easy-to-search online version (in addition to the print version) make topics in the encyclopedia easily and readily accessible to a wide student population.

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