CONCEPTUALIZING RESPONSES TO EXTREME EVENTS: THE PROBLEM OF PANIC AND FAILING GRACEFULLY

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

9 Scopus citations

Abstract

Disaster and calamity are extreme events that can be used to glean general lessons about how society works. I use the problem of panic to develop several ideas. Panic, we know from years of disaster research, is quite rare at least in the United States. I consider the implication of this for theories of social behavior and human nature. I also suggest the idea of "failing gracefully" as a systems-level notion that highlights the social context of behavior rather than individual panic. I reconsider findings concerning "altruistic" and "corrosive" communities. I critically evaluate the idea of "moral panic," and end with a consideration of the rhetoric functions of "panic.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTerrorism and Disaster
Subtitle of host publicationNew Threats, New Ideas
Pages123-141
Number of pages19
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

Publication series

NameResearch in Social Problems and Public Policy
Volume11
ISSN (Print)0196-1152

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'CONCEPTUALIZING RESPONSES TO EXTREME EVENTS: THE PROBLEM OF PANIC AND FAILING GRACEFULLY'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this