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ERIC Number: EJ829684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
A World-System Approach to Post-Catastrophe International Relief
Letukas, Lynn; Barnshaw, John
Social Forces, v87 n2 p1063-1087 Dec 2008
As our understanding of disaster shifts from an event concentrated in time and space to a social occasion occurring across time and space, so too must our explanations of disaster shift from theories of the middle range to broader theoretical frameworks. We explore the world-system approach in an effort to understand the upper limits of theory for disaster and offer this approach as a better understanding of how long-term development shapes social change. Utilizing media reports of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami from the United States to India, Indonesia and Thailand over a one-year period, we find perceptions of aid vary by economic zones and nation-states in the contemporary world system. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India; Indonesia; Thailand; United States