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09/08/2005 Archived Entry: "Aftermath: Social bonds are nearly always strengthened after a disaster"
A GREAT ANALYSIS OF WHAT HAPPENS AFTER NATURAL DISASTER ...
More than a half-century of investigation has established a fairly firm pattern: After the cataclysm, social bonds will strengthen, volunteerism will explode, violence will be rare, looting will appear only under exceptional circumstances, and the vast majority of the rescues will be accomplished by the real first responders—the victims themselves.
... and why why Katrina was one of the rare exceptions.
Beautiful work by Jesse Walker and ths man whose work he cites, sociologist E. L. Quarantelli, a pioneer of disaster research.
Posted by Claire @ 08:49 AM CST