Concept of a Disaster

Read the Forward and Chapters 1 – 9 of “What is a Disaster” by Perry & Quarantelli (eds.). Assignment: Provide a document analyzing important concepts in the readings. Ensure your apply the discussion tenets from the contributors to your work including the work of Scanlon, Alexander, Cutter, Jigyasu, Britton, and Dombrowsky. Assume that you are writing for an uninformed reader that knows nothing about the topic and has not read what you read. Provide an introduction that gives the background of the resource that you are reviewing, so the reader will understand what they’re reading and why. Include the following topics in the discussion: – Discuss why is it difficult to define the concept of disaster? Is it a moving target? – Analyze and discuss the role of culture and the design of civilization on the way disasters are perceived. – Define ‘reality’ and ‘construct’. Analyze and discuss if there is such a thing as reality? Why or why not? – Assess and discuss the role of ‘respondent’ in academic discussions. What role does a respondent play, and what value does he/she add?

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