The social production of Natural disasters

To what extent is a ‘natural’ disaster natural? There is a strong tendency in the discussion of natural disasters to concentrate on their social and political effects without considering the socio-political orders in which they occur, and which are vital to an understanding of their scale and consequences. Recent events such as the Tsunami, Katrina and the events following the earthquake in Pakistan provide some of the discussion points in a search for a reappraisal of the phenomenon of the natural. Prof. Kapferer is an anthropologist with extensive research experience in South Asia, Africa and Australia. He
holds appointments at the University of Bergen, Norway; James Cook University in Queensland, Australia; and is Honorary Professor at University College London.