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Disaster Myth or Reality: Developing a Criminology of Disaster

Disasters, Hazards and Law

ISBN: 978-1-78052-914-1, eISBN: 978-1-78052-915-8

ISSN: 1521-6136

Publication date: 29 October 2012


Value of the paper – Considerable research posits that people, for the most part, act in consensus following a typical disaster event. However, current events like Hurricane Katrina are by no means typical, and, in fact, trigger new typologies for understanding acute crisis events. These new events are showing us that what have traditionally been called disaster myths may be becoming more of a reality than we once thought. Therefore, criminology of disaster is important to develop further. Little research does this, outside of Harper and Frailing (2010).


Brown, B.L. (2012), "Disaster Myth or Reality: Developing a Criminology of Disaster", Deflem, M. (Ed.) Disasters, Hazards and Law (Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-17.



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