How disasters can bring us
together or tear us apart
Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital: A Study of the 500-Year Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a ground-breaking book that explores the vastly under-explored impact of natural disasters on our collective sense of togetherness ("social capital"), using the case study of the unprecedented 500-Year Flood of June 2008 in Eastern Iowa.
This book, in highlighting the enormous impact of one disaster in a mid-sized Midwestern city, offers a framework for a new theory for why social capital shifts in society from one generation to another: the transformative impact of shared traumas. Join the conversation today.