1     Authors are listed in reverse alphabetical order.

2     All such statistics are ‘soft’ in that, at best, they only indicate trends.

3     The absence of a historical perspective has not gone completely unnoticed and there have been persuasive calls for a more diachronic approach, most recently by Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susana Hoffman in The Angry Earth (1999) and by Kenneth Hewitt in Regions of Risk (1997).

4     The conference was organized by Disaster Studies, Centre for Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen University, with the support of the Educational Centre ‘Hotel De Wereld’ and the Conference Bureau of Wageningen University, and was held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on 29–30 June 2001.



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