Research on emergent behavior has been a significant topic within disaster studies. Through a detailed review of the literature we provide background information about this particular branch of disaster sociology. Following a brief discussion of the process by which literature was selected, important trends and areas of debate are discussed. These include the validation of previous findings, an expansion of the discussion on emergent phenomena and a critique of the bureaucratic approach. We conclude with implications for the theory and practice of emergency management.
Drabek, T.E. and McEntire, D.A. (2003), "Emergent phenomena and the sociology of disaster: lessons, trends and opportunities from the research literature", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 97-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653560310474214Download as .RIS
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