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Disaster study of war.

Authors
  • Meyers, B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Disasters
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1991
Volume
15
Issue
4
Pages
318–330
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7717.1991.tb00471.x
PMID: 20958731
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the first part of this article I argue that war should be considered as a disaster. A brief historical review of the relationship of the field of disaster studies to military concerns is presented in an effort to demonstrate that, in fact, war has been a familiar subject in the field. I then consider definitions of disaster and conclude that war is easily accommodated by them. In the main section of the article I attempt to uncover distinctive characteristics of war by submitting war to analysis within well known sociological frameworks for disasters. Finally, some methodological considerations for the study of war disasters are presented.

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