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The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience

A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster

Editors: Amir, Sulfikar (Ed.)

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  • Sheds light on how resilience is embodied in the hybrid nature of complex sociotechnical systems
  • Explores the sociotechnical constitution of resilience by closely examining different stories and events in the North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands
  • Offers important insights and practical lessons to build better and comprehensive understandings of resilience
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This book considers the concept of resilience in a global society where coping with the consequence and long term impact of crisis and disaster challenges the capacity of communities to bounce back in the event of severe disruption. Catastrophic events such as the 9.11 terrorist attack, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the volcano eruption in Central Java entailed massive devastation on physical infrastructures, and caused significant social and economic damage. This book considers how the modern sociotechnological system facilitating human activity defines how societies survive and whether a crisis will be short-lived or prolonged. Drawing on the concept of sociotechnical resilience, this book closely examines a range of events North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. By presenting the successes and failures of sociotechnical resilience, it offers important insights and practical lessons to build better and comprehensive understandings of resilience in a real-world setting, significantly contributing to the study of disaster resilience. 

About the authors

Sulfikar Amir is an Associate Professor of science, technology, and society in the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include science and technology studies, development, globalisation, disaster, risk, resilience, and infrastructure and city studies. He is the author of 'The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics'. His ongoing project explores the production of hidden vulnerability in the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. 

Reviews

“How can we understand the resilience of countries, cities, nuclear reactors and infrastructures? This volume convincingly shows that resilience is both social and technical, and is produced over time rather than a system’s given property. A rich set of cases includes natural and human-made disasters. These allow the authors to analyze causes as well as recovery strategies and how to better design resilience into sociotechnical systems. This volume is obligatory reading for students of technological cultures—from Japan and Korea to the Netherlands and UK, from Singapore and Indonesia to USA and India.” (Wiebe Bijker, emeritus professor of science, technology, and society, Maastricht University, The Netherlands and author of Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change)
“Resilience (infrastructural, psychological, and so on) is of literally fateful importance, yet is such a problematic, politicized concept and process.  And especially so in late industrial, climate charged contexts.  This volume takes on these contradictions, examining the promise and perils of "resilience," and what it looks like in practice in different settings around the world. The essays are empirically rich, analytically sharp, and call for new connections between theory and practice.  Critical reading!” (Kim Fortun, professor of disaster anthropology, University of California, Irvine, USA and author of Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, and New Global Orders)

“The field of disaster management and crisis response is in the midst of revisiting the way that challenges are framed, taking on ideas about resilience that better integrate the social and technical and the physical and ecological. This volume is an astute and very timely look at this transition underway, with contributions from leading theorists and practitioners across a range of focal areas, and with intriguing conceptual as well as empirical contributions. The volume will be useful for practitioners who are eager to keep up with conceptual developments in the field, as well as scholars operating at this exciting and important research frontier.” (Bruce Goldstein, associate professor of environmental design, the University of Colorado Boulder, USA and editor of Collaborative Resilience: Moving through Crisis to Opportunity)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Resilience as Sociotechnical Construct

    Amir, Sulfikar

    Pages 1-16

  • What (Sociotechnical) Resilience Is Made Of: Personal Trajectories and Earthquake Risk Mitigation in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Mazel-Cabasse, Charlotte

    Pages 19-43

  • Sociotechnical Resilience: From Recovery to Adaptation and Beyond, the Journey So Far…

    Healy, Stephen

    Pages 45-66

  • Mapping Sociotechnical Resilience

    Kant, Vivek (et al.)

    Pages 67-90

  • Weather-Ready Nation or Ready-Weather Agency? Emphatic Accuracy and Sociotechnical Resilience in the National Weather Service

    Henderson, Jen

    Pages 93-116

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-8509-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-8508-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience
Book Subtitle
A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster
Editors
  • Sulfikar Amir
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-8509-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-8509-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-8508-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 289
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
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