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Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower

Preparedness, Race and Disaster Capitalism

by John Preston

Hardback Publication Date: 11/10/2018

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The Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017 is one of the most tragic political events in British history. This book argues that preparedness for disasters has always been designed in the interests of the State and Capital rather than citizens. This was exemplified by the 'stay put' strategy at Grenfell Tower which has historically been used to socially control racialised working class groups in a disaster. 'Stay put', where fire safety is compromised along with strategic ambiguity, probabilistically eliminates these groups. Grenfell Tower is a purposive part of 'Disaster Capitalism', an asocial racial and class eliminationism, where populations have become unvalorisable and disposable. We have reached a point where even the ruling class are fleeing from the disasters and chaos they have inflicted on the world, retreating to their billionaire bunkers. This timely book will be of interest to sociologists, social theorists and activists in understanding the racialised, classed and capitalist nature of contemporary disasters.
ISBN:
9783319968506
9783319968506
Category:
Social impact of disasters
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
11-10-2018
Publisher:
Birkhauser Verlag AG
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Pages:
74
Dimensions (mm):
210x148mm
Weight:
0.26kg
John Preston

John Preston is the arts editor and television critic of the Sunday Telegraph.

He is the author of a travel book, Touching the Moon and two novels, Ghosting and Ink. He lives in London.

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