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978-0-7391-7737-2 • Hardback • October 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-0-7391-7738-9 • eBook • October 2019 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Amanda Concha-Holmes is courtesy faculty in anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Florida and co-founder and co-director of the Innovative Research and Intercultural Education (I.R.I.E.) Center.
Anthony Oliver –Smith is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Florida.
Chapter 1: Natural Hazards, Social Vulnerability and Development in Florida
Chapter 2: Eye on The Storm: Development & Disaster in The Sunshine State. Hurricane Opal. A Case Study
Chapter 3: Twisted State: Patterns of Resilience and Vulnerability in the Osceola County, Florida 1998 Tornadoes
Chapter 4: Disaster in Apalachicola: Storms, the Oyster Industry and Development Decisions
Chapter 5: Drought, Unsustainable Water Practices and the Social Construction of Risk in Glades County
Chapter 6: Needed and Feared: The Unavoidable Vulnerability to Forest Fires in Florida
Chapter 7: humaNature, Citrus and Disaster in North Central Florida: Frost in the Sunshine State.
Chapter 8: Climate Change, Disasters and Development in Florida
In this edited volume, Amanda D. Concha-Holmes and Anthony Oliver-Smith document the confounding elements of weather, climate, and a market-driven society as they wreak havoc on the sunshine state's complex ecosystems. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Florida or any of America’s other 49 states. What it portends affects us all.
— Steve Kroll-Smith, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
This book fills a vital gap in our understanding of natural hazards and the socially constructed concept of disaster. By drawing on a number of weather and climate influenced events of modest size, the authors adroitly describe how societies have altered the environment at our peril, providing a set of powerful cases that should serve as a wake-up call for other communities and states that have valued development above all else and can only attempt to recover from the predictable disasters that result. In an era of climate change, the lessons drawn from this book are increasingly prescient, requiring meaningful policy change in spite of the difficulties of doing so, recognizing that the status quo is unsustainable and will ultimately destroy the very characteristics of the places we call paradise.
— Gavin Smith, North Carolina State University
This fascinating and compelling set of case studies documents the relationship between development policies and disasters. The accessible and lucid style of Disasters in Paradise will appeal to readers from a wide range of interests and expertise.
— Linda Whiteford, University of South Florida