Excluded Perspectives in the Social Construction of Disasters

November 1995 (VOL. 13, NO. 3)

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The purpose of this paper is to review and respond to the preceding five articles in this special issue. My principal charge is to look at the authors’ approaches to answering the question of “What is a disaster?” and respond to their considerations. In doing this, I have outlined a variety of what I believe to be “excluded” perspectives in these formulations of what constitutes disasters.