Disaster and Sociolegal Studies
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Legal governance of disaster brings both care and punishment to the upending of daily life of place-based disasters. National states use disasters to reorganize how they govern. This collection considers how law is implicated in disaster. The late modern expectation that states are to care for their population makes it particularly important to point out the limits to care -- limits that appear less in the grand rhetoric than in the government reports, case-level decisionmaking, administrative rules, and criminalization that make up governing. These insightful essays feature leading scholars whose perspectives range across disasters around the world. Their findings point to reconsidering what states do in disaster, and how law enables and constrains action. The chapters are:
Introduction (Susan Sterett)
1 Uncertain Governance and Resilient Subjects in the Risk Society (Pat O'Malley)
2 Land Use Planning and Disaster: A European Perspective from Spain (Juli Ponce)
3 Law, State and the Politics of Catastrophes: A Critical Perspective on Epiphanies of Injustice and the Need for Protection (Valerio Nitrato Izzo)
4 The Comparative Jurisprudence of Wildfire Mitigation: Moral Community, Political Culture, and Policy Learning (Lloyd Burton)
5 Transboundary Impacts of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Disaster: Focus on Legal Dilemmas in South Florida (Alka Sapat & Ann-Margaret Esnard)
6 Disaster Mythology and Availability Cascades (Lisa Grow Sun)
7 The Role of Law in Engineering ìNaturalî Disasters (Arthur F. McEvoy)
8 Multi-level Governance in Environmental Risk Management (Petra Hiller)
9 Internal Environmental Displacement: A Growing Challenge to the U.S. Welfare State (Michelle A. Meyer)
10 Long Term Recovery in Disaster Response and the Role of Non-Profits (Victor B. Flatt & Jeffrey J. Stys)
11 Disasters, Focusing Events, and Sociolegal Studies (Thomas A. Birkland)
The authors analyze sociological and legal issues surrounding disasters and catastrophic events in their many forms: natural, man-made, environmental, human, local, and global. The project was developed as part of the the Onati Socio-legal Series supported by the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, and is now presented by Quid Pro Books in the Contemporary Society Series.