ment, and the following paper addresses critical research issues. The next three papers demonstrate the importance of geographic concepts (scale, space and place) and GIS technology in environmental justice research. The final paper focuses on the spatial process and factors (e.g., preexisting population characteristics) that produce social inequality conditions associated with environmental justice cases. Part V, From Theory to Practice, consists of five articles on emergency preparedness and planning issues and policies. The hazards covered in this section include nuclear plant accidents, toxic releases, nuclear war, and hurricanes. A recurring theme is that geographers have the knowledge and tools to influence public policy in the areas of emergency preparedness and planning. If this book was designed as a showcase for Susan Cutter's career (as it appears to be), then an opening statement for each section summarizing the major themes and contributions of the papers would have been useful for most readers, especially students. Although Cutter provides a brief overview of Part II and Part IV in the Introduction, more complete summaries such as the ones she compiled for a previous book (see Cutter ) would have been helpful. In some final comments in the Introduction, Cutter presents a
Southeastern Geographer – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jul 10, 2008
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