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|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||A new species of trouble : explorations in disaster, trauma, and community /|
|Publisher||W.W. Norton & Co.,|
|ISBN||0393035948 :; 9780393035940|
|Subjects||Disasters--Social aspects--United States--Case studies. ; Disaster victims--United States--Psychology--Case studies. ; Rampen. ; Slachtoffers. ; Lokale gemeenschappen. ; Catastrophes--âEtats-Unis--Aspect social--Cas, âEtudes de. ; Victimes de catastrophes--âEtats-Unis--Psychologie--Cas, âEtudes de. ; Grassy Narrows Indian reservation (Ont.). ; Hiroshima (Japon)--Bombardement (1945). ; Three mile island, accident nuclâeaire de (1979). ; Katastrophe. ; Soziologie. ; USA.|
|Collation||263 p. ; 22 cm.|
Includes bibliographical references (p. -251) and index.
The Ojibwa of grassy narrows -- The Haitians of Immokalee -- The view from East Swallow -- Three Mile Island : a new species of trouble -- Hiroshima : of accidental judgments and casual slaughters -- Yucca Mountain : good riddance, bad rubbish. As we move into a new technological age, disasters which are caused by human beings and involve radiation or some other form of toxicity are becoming more and more common. These disturbances are quite unlike all the floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural catastrophes that have buffeted humankind from the beginning. They contaminate persons and landscapes - indeed, human society itself - in new and special ways, and they add appreciably to the levels of distrust with which people face life. They are a new species of trouble, the author argues in this elegantly written volume. Kai Erikson, professor of sociology and American studies at Yale, has spent twenty years exploring such modern disasters. Using vivid descriptions and people's own words, he describes several communities visited by disaster: an Ojibwa Indian band in northwestern Ontario, damaged by a mercury spill; a migrant worker camp in south Florida, where Haitian farmhands learned that they had lost their life savings; a suburban community in Colorado, made toxic by an underground gasoline leak; the neighborhoods adjacent to the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In the stories and feelings of the victims of these disasters, the author finds striking similarities. Fear, self-doubt, the erosion of a sense of security - the author finds these too among people who have suffered prolonged homelessness. These human experiences, the author says, add up to a form of trauma extending not just to individuals but to whole communities. In final chapters on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the current debate about how to store America's growing inventory of high-level nuclear waste, the author shows how risks to individuals and the social fabric have heightened in the modern age. The seven gripping accounts in this book are his impassioned plea that we recognize this new species of trouble and do more to protect people from it.