Concepts of a disaster

Analyze important concepts of the readings: “What is a Disaster” by Perry & Quarantelli (eds.).Provide an introduction that gives the background of the resource that you are reviewing.

– Discuss why is it difficult to define the concept of disaster?  Is it a moving target?

– Analyze and discuss the role of culture and the design of civilization on the way disasters are perceived.

– Define ‘reality’ and ‘construct’.  Analyze and discuss if there is such a thing as reality? Why or why not?

– Assess and discuss the role of ‘respondent’ in academic discussions.  What role does a respondent play, and what value does he/she add?

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