Hardcover: 406 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (August 10, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Easy reading text. I will probably keep this text after the semester. Nothing special to write about it. Great for EMGT professionals.
I am currently enrolled in a masters program which is using this book for one of the required courses. I cannot believe this book was assigned for this course. I can barely make it through one paragraph without wanting to throw it down. The editors and authors have succeeded in seamlessly transitioning from the operational theory of social vulnerability in disaster management to the socialist (and ultimately progressive) political platform. Using every opportunity available, they are using this management theory to push every single tenant of socialism - I am disgusted! Karl Marx was quoted extensively throughout the second chapter's explanation of political theory.. a topic which is hardly relevant to social vulnerability theory (the connection was that social vulnerability exists in our society because we operate within a capitalistic socioeconomic system, and therefore disasters are a reflection of the evils of capitalism's effects on our society, as opposed to how society responds to the disaster). As an individual who holds a degree and certificates in political science and international relations, my eyes nearly popped out of my head at the strategic framing of political ideology and the relationship it apparently has with disaster management. I have no problem identifying the blatant agenda this book pushes, but what about the other students? They are clearly being targeted by the editors and authors as tools to push their agenda. How clever to target the field of emergency management.I'm so mad I could spit nails. I have no idea if anyone will ever read this review, but I can't ignore the sly use of this book in this educational setting. I'm in the process of drafting a letter to my university voicing my concerns as well as disappointment.
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