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Author Davis, Mike, 1946-

Title Ecology of fear : Los Angeles and the imagination of disaster / Mike Davis.

Published New York : Metropolitan Books, 1998.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  303.485 DAVI    DUE 11-12-19
 UniM Southbank  303.48 Dav    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 484 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [423]-461) and index.
Summary In this book, Mike Davis unravels the secret political history of disaster, real and imaginary, in Southern California. As he surveys the earthquakes of Santa Monica, the burning of Koreatown, the invasion of "man-eating" mountain lions, the movie Volcano, and even Los Angeles's underrated tornado problem, he exposes the deep complicity between social injustice and perceptions of natural disorder. Arguing that paranoia about nature obscures the fact that Los Angeles has deliberately put itself in harm's way, Davis reveals how market-driven urbanization has for generations transgressed against environmental common sense. And he shows that the floods, fires, and earthquakes reaped by the city were tragedies as avoidable - and unnatural - as the beating of Rodney King and the ensuing explosion in the streets.
Subject Social problems -- California -- Los Angeles.
Disasters -- California -- Los Angeles.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social conditions.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Environmental conditions.
ISBN 0805051066 (hb : alk. paper)