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Book Launch for “Disasters in Paradise”
November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
The Matheson History Museum is honored to host the book launch for “Disasters in Paradise: Natural Hazards, Social Vulnerability, and Development Decisions” (Lexington Books, 2019). The evening will include a presentation by the authors, a Q&A with the audience, and a reception.
Long considered ground zero for global climate change in the United States, Florida presents the perfect case study for disaster risk and prevention. Building on the idea that disasters are produced by historical and contemporary social processes as well as natural phenomena, Amanda D. Concha-Holmes and Anthony Oliver-Smith present a collection of ethnographic case studies that examine the social and environmental effects of Florida’s public and private sector development policies. Contributors to “Disasters in Paradise” explore how these practices have increased the vulnerability of Floridians to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, frosts, and forest fires.