Disaster Studies: The Consequences of the Historical Use of a Sociological Approach in the Development of Research

March 1994 (VOL. 12, NO. 1)

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An earlier article discussing the initial days of disaster studies, noted that the roots of the area in the applied concerns of research funders led to a pattern of how research was done and what was studied that still prevails today. However, this paper stresses that a certain sociological orientation and particular sociological ideas implicitly came to permeate much of the early work and many of the observations and findings made.