Disasters, Hazards, and Law, edited by Mathieu Deflem (Emerald, 2012)

Mathieu Deflem, editor
www.mathieudeflem.net

Published as Volume 17 in the series Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance.

Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-78052-914-1



SYNOPSIS

The chapters in this volume offer a wide range of social-science perspectives on various legal conditions and implications of disasters and hazards. In view of several well-publicized disasters that taken place in recent decades, among them hurricanes Katrina and Irene in the United States, the 2010 BP oil spill, and the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The chapters in this volume address various pertinent questions from the perspective of socio-legal studies, sociology of law, and public policy, on the basis of theoretical and informed empirical analyses. Taking on topics of considerable social as well as sociological relevance, the authors specifically focus on theoretical and conceptual frameworks in the socio-legal study of disasters; law, police, and policy responses to disasters; and, deserving separate attention, the socio-legal implications of Hurricane Katrina and the reconstruction of the city of New Orleans. Unrestricted with respect to theoretical approach and methodological orientation, the chapters in this volume are usefully diverse in addressing selected dimensions of disasters and hazards from the viewpoint of socio-legal studies. Students and scholars in sociology, criminology, political science, jurisprudence, public policy, and criminal justice will find much food for thought in these contributions.



CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION: DISASTERS AND HAZARDS IN SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES [online copy]
Mathieu Deflem

PART I: PERSPECTIVES, THEORIES, AND CONCEPTS

DISASTER MYTH OR REALITY: DEVELOPING A CRIMINOLOGY OF DISASTER
Bethany L. Brown

“NOT ONLY INJURIOUS TO INDIVIDUALS, BUT DANGEROUS TO THE STATE”: A THEORY OF DISASTER CRIME
Susan S. Kuo

DISASTER, WAR, AND DRUGS: POLICY LEVERS AND REBUILDING COMMUNITIES
Megan Reid, Alex Bennett, Luther Elliot and Andrew Golub

PART II: LAW, POLICING, AND POLICY

FEDERALISM, LAW, AND THE ETHICS OF DISASTER EVACUATIONS
Tanya L. Settles

POLICING DISASTERS: THE ROLE OF POLICE IN THE PRE-DISASTER PLANNING AND POST-DISASTER RESPONSES
Sean P. Varano and Joseph A. Schafer

TRANSFORMING OIL ACTIVISM: FROM LEGAL CONSTRAINTS TO EVIDENCIARY OPPORTUNITY
Sabrina McCormick

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOR CHEMICAL POLLUTION IN TAIWAN: THE AN-SHUN PLANT CASE
Yungnane Yang

PART III: NEW ORLEANS AND HURRICANE KATRINA

THE FEDERAL DISASTER: THE FAILED LOGIC OF DISASTER PREVENTION IN NEW ORLEANS
Min Hee Go

NEW ORLEANS: POST-DISASTER DUAL DUALISM IN LABOR MARKETS AND DEVELOPMENT
Aaron Schneider

THE PRISON CITY OF NEW ORLEANS: LAW'S RESPONSES TO THE DISASTER OF HURRICANE KATRINA
Alicia J. Ferrara, Peter G. Stillman and Adelaide H. Villmoare

PERCEIVED RISK, CRIMINAL VICTIMIZATION, AND COMMUNITY INTEGRATION: MENTAL HEALTH IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA
Alexander Lu



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