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Waiting for the Big One

Risk, Science, Experience, and Culture in Disaster Preparedness

Authors: Mazel-Cabasse, Charlotte

  • Explores the epistemological connections between the scientific definition of risk and its actual experience
  • Describes the motives driving earthquake expertise as described by self-proclaimed earthquake junkies
  • Makes a theoretical contribution to the fields of Science and Technology Studies, Geography, and Anthropology
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  • Due: August 16, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15289-5
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15288-8
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About this book

This book helps understand how the future Big One (a large-scale and often-predicted earthquake) is understood, defined, and mitigated by experts, scientists, and residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following the idea that earthquake risk is multiple and hard to grasp, the book explores the earthquake’s “mode of existence,” guiding the reader through different epistemic moments of the earthquake-risk definition. Through in-depth interviews, the book provides a rarely seen anthropology of risk from the perspective of experts, scientists, and concerned residents for whom the possibility of partial or complete destruction of their living environment is a constant companion of their everyday lives. It argues that the characterization of the threats and the measures taken to limit its impacts constitute an integrated part of both their residential experiences and their professional practices.


About the authors

Charlotte Mazel-Cabasse, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Humanities, jointly developed by the University and the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Science and Technologies Studies from the University of Paris-Est, an MA in Cultural Geography from Université de Reims, France, and an MA and BA in Information and Communications Sciences from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication (CELSA) at Université Paris Sorbonne. 


Buy this book

eBook 76,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: August 16, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15289-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: August 16, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15288-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Waiting for the Big One
Book Subtitle
Risk, Science, Experience, and Culture in Disaster Preparedness
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15289-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15289-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15288-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 293
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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