A New Species of Trouble: The Human Experience of Modern Disasters

Publication Date: 
July 1995
New York: W.W. Norton and Co.

Unlike earthquakes and other natural catastrophes, this “new species of trouble” afflicts persons and groups in particularly disruptive ways.

With clear-eyed compassion, in vivid narrative and in participants’ own words, Kai Erikson describes how certain communities have faced such disasters. He shows conclusively that new attention must be paid to their experiences if people are to maintain elementary confidence not only in themselves but in society, government, and even life itself.

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