Winner of the 2014 Amsterdamska Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology! Arguing that disasters configure the political in new ways, this collection provides a truly international insight into how they can help us to understand the materiality and the pragmatics of politics. As events of radical disruption, disasters can also lead to a re-evaluation of the very definition of the political itself. In exploring these issues, the collection brings together disaster studies, with political theory and science and technology studies, to stimulate a more robust conversation between disciplines and feed into broader sociological debates.
* Takes an innovative approach to the relationship between disasters and the nature, composition, and effects of the political * Leading experts scrutinize how events of radical disruption enable a re-evaluation and redefinition of the political, and the tools and processes through which this happens * Comparative case studies give an unrivalled geographic scope, covering Australia, Europe, South America, and the United Kingdom and United States * Brings together disaster studies, political theory, and science and technology studies to stimulate broader sociological debate * Combines empirical and theoretical approaches to provide an essential teaching resource for graduate and postgraduate students and to open up this dynamic field for mainstream sociology researchers and academics
Michael Guggenheim is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, researching how disaster experts conceive of the population. He has also worked with Bernd Kraftner and Judith Kroll of shared inc. on a qualitative laboratory for disaster and emergency provision forecasting, and an exhibition on science and the public. His previous research has focused on the change of use of buildings and how materiality and use interrelate and he studied environmental experts for his PhD. He is the author of Organisierte Umwelt. Umweltdienstleistungsfirmen Zwischen Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft Und Politik (2005) and co-editor of Re-Shaping Cities: How Global Mobility Transforms Architecture and Urban Form (2010). Israel Rodriguez-Giralt is Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona. His research aims to connect the study of social movements with science and technology studies. For his PhD he studied the role that social movements played in politicizing Donana's Disaster, one of the most serious environmental controversies in the recent history of Spain. His current research focuses on the processes and practices mediating political participation and mobilization in public controversies around social care policies. Manuel Tironi is Assistant Professor at the Instituto de Sociologia, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. His research focuses on public engagement, disasters, envirotech controversies and large technical systems. He is currently investigating the performative nature of participatory devices in catastrophic settings and the configuration of the GMO controversy in Chile. He is the author, with Fernando Perez, of SCL: Practicas, Espacios y Cultura Urbana (2009).
Acknowledgements Preface Introduction: disasters as politics politics as disasters (Michael Guggenheim) Section 1: Materials: Ontologies 1. Geo-politics and the disaster of the Anthropocene (Nigel Clark) 2. Disasters as meshworks: Migratory birds and the enlivening of Donana s toxic spill (Israel Rodriguez-Giralt, Francisco Tirado and Manuel Tironi) 3. Misrecognizing tsunamis: ontological politics and cosmopolitical challenges in early warning systems (Ignacio Farias) Section 2: Experiments: Governance 4. Producing space, tracing authority: mapping the 2007 San Diego wildfires (Katrina Petersen) 5. Atmospheres of indagation: disasters and the politics of excessiveness (Manuel Tironi) 6. Technologies of recovery: plans, practices and entangled politics in disaster (Lucy Easthope and Maggie Mort) Section 3: Preparedness: Anticipation 7. Creating a secure network: the 2001 anthrax attacks and the transformation of postal security (Ryan Ellis) 8. Concrete governmentality: shelters and the transformations of preparedness (Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim and Zuzana Hrdliekova) 9. Anticipating oil: the temporal politics of a disaster yet to come (Gisa Weszkalnys) 10. Afterword: on the topologies and temporalities of disaster (Mike Michael) Notes on contributors Index
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