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Author Preston, John, 1967-

Title Disaster Education : 'Race', Equity and Pedagogy / John Preston
Published Rotterdam ; Boston : SensePublishers, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 120 pages) : illustrations
Contents What is disaster education? -- Social justice, Whiteness and disaster education -- Mass public education for preparing for nuclear war -- From duck and cover to protect and survive -- Dr. Strangelove I presume? Race, class and tacit intentionality in public education campaigns for nuclear war -- Citizenship education and 'infrastructure protection' -- Apocalypse now: Eurocentric fictions and Afrofuturist eflections on nuclear war -- Fixed and mobile bodies: Mass casualty plans and survivalism for 'dirty bomb' attacks -- Transmedia, transhumanism and the 'new' preparedness paradigm -- Remaking, rethinking and resisting disaster education
Summary "From 'Duck and Cover' the 1950s, when American schoolchildren were instructed to hide beneath their desks in the event of nuclear attack to contemporary campaigns against pandemic flu, education campaigns have been used to prepare the general public for apocalyptic events. Governments have made use of various media from films, leaflets and television to the internet to inform, inspire and scare populations. Forms of disaster education also permeate popular culture with films and television programmes illustrating survival techniques from dealing with terrorist attacks in '24' to thwarting zombie apocalypse in 'The Walking Dead' and '28 Days Later'. Using critical race theory and whiteness studies the book argues that information about disasters has always, tacitly or overtly, prioritised the survival of certain groups of citizens above others. Drawing on examples from the UK and the US, from past and contemporary disaster education and popular culture, it considers that rather than being kitsch, naïve and ephemeral, such campaigns are central to the way in which states define survival, life and death."--Publisher's website
Analysis Education
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Emergency management -- Study and teaching.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9460918719 (Trade Paper)
9460918735 (electronic bk.)
9789460918711 (Trade Paper)
9789460918735 (electronic bk.)