Winner of the 2014 Amsterdamska Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology! Arguing that disasters configure the political in new ways, this collection provides a truly international insight into how they can help us to understand the materiality and the pragmatics of politics. As events of radical disruption, disasters can also lead to a re-evaluation of the very definition of the political itself. In exploring these issues, the collection brings together disaster studies, with political theory and science and technology studies, to stimulate a more robust conversation between disciplines and feed into broader sociological debates.
* Takes an innovative approach to the relationship between disasters and the nature, composition, and effects of the political * Leading experts scrutinize how events of radical disruption enable a re-evaluation and redefinition of the political, and the tools and processes through which this happens * Comparative case studies give an unrivalled geographic scope, covering Australia, Europe, South America, and the United Kingdom and United States * Brings together disaster studies, political theory, and science and technology studies to stimulate broader sociological debate * Combines empirical and theoretical approaches to provide an essential teaching resource for graduate and postgraduate students and to open up this dynamic field for mainstream sociology researchers and academics