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By Nandini Gunewardena, Mark Schuller, Alexander De Waal, Sara E. Alexander, Gregory Button, Bettina Damiani, Antonio Donini, Elizabeth Guillette, Wahneema Lubiano, Anthony Oliver-Smith, Adolph Reed Jr, Anna Belinda Sandoval Girón, Susan Stonich

ISBN-10: 0759111030

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In Capitalizing on disaster a world workforce of students and pros severely study how neighborhood groups worldwide have ready for and answered to fresh cataclysms. The book's crucial concentration is the expanding pattern to depend on the personal area to house common mess ups and different kinds of large-scale devastation, from hurricanes and tsunamis to civil wars and business injuries. known as "disaster capitalism" by way of its critics, the tendency to agreement deepest pursuits to unravel sizeable, pressing public difficulties will be inevitable yet is very problematic—especially with admire to peoples who need assistance the main. Can inner most reduction teams supply the top precedence to strength and real sufferers of huge failures, for instance, if that implies devoting fewer assets to retaining tourism and different ecocnomic industries? The high-profile members to this quantity straightforwardly take on such well timed and hard questions of significant public situation.

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As argued here and subsequent chapters, far from protecting people from severe and widespread threats, these market-driven strategies increase affected communities' vulner­ ability to further disasters. By compiling these case analyses in a single volume, we aim to encourage critical debate and informed actions. " NOTES Acknowledgments. I would like to thank the faculty and staff affiliated with the Univer­ sity of California, DC program for facilitating this research. Research was also made possible from a UCSB Washington Center Program, and a Graduate Research Fellow­ ship with the National Science Foundation.

When humanitarianism is instrumentalized to ad­ vance political agendas under cover of R2P and so-called humanitarian inter­ vention, it becomes a partisan act and is no longer humanitarian. This points toward a "secret solidarity" between humanitarian organizations and "the very power they ought to fight," that of the dominant discourse of the global sover­ eignty of Empire (Agamben 1 998: 133). It is hardly worth mentioning, of course, that the dominant nature of humanitarianism is reinforced by the fact that "humanitarian intervention" only applies to the South.

Much of this growth is related to the diminished inhibi­ tions on waging war and privatizing social services that have accompanied the end of the Cold War. From a marginal and nonintrusive activity-its effective­ ness being a function of its acceptability to primarily interstate belligerents-it has become central and salient in North-South discourse and practice. From annual disbursements ofless than $ 1 billion and a percentage share ofless than 4 percent of overall official overseas development assistance (ODA), disburse­ ments for humanitarian action from private and public sources have peaked at $ 1 8 billion in 2005, or roughly 1 5 percent of ODA (Development Initiatives 2006).

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Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction (Globalization And The Environment) by Nandini Gunewardena, Mark Schuller, Alexander De Waal, Sara E. Alexander, Gregory Button, Bettina Damiani, Antonio Donini, Elizabeth Guillette, Wahneema Lubiano, Anthony Oliver-Smith, Adolph Reed Jr, Anna Belinda Sandoval Girón, Susan Stonich


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