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Disastrous Times

Beyond Environmental Crisis in Urbanizing Asia

Edited by: Eli Elinoff and Tyson Vaughan

Disastrous Times explores how people across Asia live through and make sense of environmental transformation and asks how we might analyze this moment of disruption and risk.

Author Information

Eli Elinoff is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Tyson Vaughan is a sociologist with the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


"A welcome contribution to the critical social science of the anthropocene. Disastrous Times not only develops a 'quotidian' understanding of a sometimes abstract and theoretical concept but also demonstrates the importance of Asian research sites for reassessing what has been a primarily Euro-American debate."—Jerome Whitington, author of Anthropogenic Rivers: The Production of Uncertainty in Lao Hydropower

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