Definition of Disaster

"What is a disaster?" asked Quarantelli (1998), and 12 scientists responded; their views fall within two categories: (1) a disaster is an objectively identifiable phenomenon; or (2) a subjective, socially constructed process (Oliver-Smith, 1999, p. 22). The subjective definition is more useful to anthropology as it views a disaster as a socially constructed crisis in which the significance to the survival of the society is more important than the physical structures that were destroyed. This definition allows for a wide variety of disrupting events to be considered as disasters, such as a flu epidemic, a major earthquake, or the collapse of a banking system. Within the disruptive process, culturally prescribed ways in which people deal with the system collapse or societal readjustment can be studied and understood.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment