The Role of Archives for Comparative Studies of Social Structure and Disaster
Wenger, Dennis E.
Disaster Research Center
Traditionally, this little area of empirical examination has been known as “disaster research.” There are a few interesting implication of that label. For instance, it should be noted that the field is not called “disaster studies” or Disasterology.” Logically, one can imagine “Disasterology.” It would probably be an independent discipline with its own concepts, theoretical explanations, and paradigms. Now it must be noted that some of our European friends, such as Carlo Pelanda, and some of our colleagues in this country, would prefer to have something like “Disasterology” (Swisher, 1985). They believe that the development of a unique discipline, fertilized through it would be by multidisciplinary contributions, is needed for the field to reach fruition.
social structure , comparative study , archives