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ANTH V3924 Anthropology and Disaster. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).
Enrollment limited to 20.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

This course examines various approaches to the study and representation of natural and humanly caused disasters. Course readings include eyewitness accounts of calamities, personal memoirs of genocide, and ethnographic reports of the aftermath of floods, earthquakes, political violence, and nuclear reactor explosions. The course also considers conventional patterns of disaster response, as well as shifting notions of disaster preparedness that have emerged since 9/11. It concludes with an examination of post-disaster reconstruction, looking at the ways social divisions, economic conditions and political interests invariably affect the cultural, public health, and psychological repercussions of disasters.