This exciting book offers to make good the deficit by exploring how human activity and planetary processes impact upon each other. The book:
• Provides a much needed in-depth inquiry into the volatile relationship between human life and the physical earth
• Considers the social and political implications of consistently thinking of the earth as a dynamic planet
• Asks what we can learn from natural catastrophes and from those who have lived through them
• Offers an inter-disciplinary perspective bringing together insights from sociology, geography, philosophy and earth / life sciences.
The result is a landmark work that will be of interest to readers across the social sciences and humanities as well as environmental studies and disaster studies.