A Case Study of Disaster-Related Emergent Citizen Groups: An Examination of "Vested Interests" as a Generating Condition
Green, Kenneth E.
Disaster Research Center
The emergence of citizens to form groups for any number of reasons or causes is salient feature of American society. Previous research verifies the fact that such groups are evidenced in disaster-related situations. In a rather recent “state of the art” publication on disaster response, Quarantelli cities several studies which generate the notion that: “disaster situations tend to be peopled by emergent groups, entities that had no existence prior to the crisis…but their functioning may be crucial to the whole trans- and post-disaster response” (1977: p 31).
citizen group , disaster response , vested interests