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Catastrophes

A History and Theory of an Operative Concept

Ed. by Lebovic, Nitzan / Killen, Andreas

DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG

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    Publication Date:
    April 2014
    Copyright year:
    2014
    ISBN
    978-3-11-031259-1
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    Catastrophic scenarios dominate our contemporary mindset. Catastrophic events and predictions have spurred new interest in re-examining the history of earlier disasters and the social and conceptual resources they have mobilized. The essays gathered in this volume reconsider the history and theory of different catastrophes and their aftermath. The emphasis is on the need to distance this process of reconsideration from previous teleological representations of catastrophes as an endpoint, and to begin considering their "operative" aspects, which unmask the nature of social and political structures. Among the essays in this volume are analyses, by leading scholars in their respective fields, concerning the role of catastrophes in theology, in the history of industrial accidents, in theory of history, in the history of law, in "catastrophe films", in the history of cybernetics, in post-Holocaust discussions of reparations, and in climate change.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    vii, 200 pages
    DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG
    Language:
    English
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    Nitzan Lebovic, Lehigh University, USA; Andreas Killen, City College/Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

    Reviews

    “ Catastrophic events – political, economic, environmental –
    have shaped the 20th century. This volume offers original
    meditations on how the concept of catastrophe assumed a
    modern form – transforming theology, law, psychiatry, science
    and contemporary public policy.”
    Anson Rabinbach, Professor of History, Princeton University

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