The Roots of Catastrophe

The Roots of Catastrophe

The 1972 Case History

1st Edition - January 1, 1986

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  • Authors: Rolando V. Garcia, Pierre Spitz
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160566

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Drought and Man: The 1972 Case History, Volume 3: The Roots of Catastrophe is a two-part book that focuses on the structure roots of catastrophe, as well as case studies in this field. The book begins with an explanation of drought, agricultural production, self-provisioning, food insecurity, and social disjunctions. The case studies presented focus on disjunction between sectors and within agriculture in Latin America; regional and subregional disjunctions in Northeastern Brazil; political will and disjunction in Tanzania; and colonial disjunction in the Sahelian countries.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Part One: The Structure Roots of Catastrophe

    Chapter 1 Drought Agricultural Production and Self-provisioning

    1. Preliminary Remarks

    2. The Impact of Drought on Plants

    3. The Differential Impact of Drought on Agricultural Production

    4. Drought and Consumption Patterns of Various groups of Agricultural Producers

    5. An Application of the Model of Self-Provisioning to a Drought Year

    6. Poorer Families and the Peak Period Problem

    7. Methodological Consequences

    8. Classes, Time and Reserves


    Chapter 2 Food Insecurity and Social Disjunctions

    1. Preliminary Remarks

    2. Food Security and Development

    3. The Urban Poor

    4. The Rural Poor

    5. Summary


    Chapter 3 The Structure Roots of Catastrophes

    Development and Dynamic Equilibrium

    Structure and Function

    Structure and Genesis

    Vulnerability: Internal Disjunctions in a System


    Part Two: Case Studies

    Chapter 4 Climate Variability, Agriculture, Industry and the State: Disjunction between Sectors and within Agriculture in Latin America

    A. Introduction


    B. Agriculture, Industry and the State in Latin America

    Chapter 5 Regional and Subregional Disjunctions: The Case of North-Eastern Brazil

    A. Introduction


    B. Drought as a Social Phenomenon in Northeastern Brazil



    Chapter 6 Political Will and Disjunction: The Case of Tanzania

    A. Introduction

    B. A Background and a Postscript to the Food Shortages in Tanzania in the 1970s

    Chapter 7 Colonial Disjunction in the Sahelian Countries

    A. Introduction

    B. The Sahel: Transformation and Drought


    C. Proposals for Research-Action Concerning West African Societies Which Have Been the Victims of Drought



Product details

  • No. of pages: 212
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1986
  • Published: January 1, 1986
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160566

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Rolando V. Garcia

Pierre Spitz

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