chapter  10
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Sequestered Knowledge

In the contestation that follows in the wake of disaster, government agencies play a role equally decisive to that of the media, the law, and corporations in framing the event. How such agencies interpret, shape, and dispense with knowledge is crucial to the political process. The way in which knowledge is produced in an atmosphere of pervasive ambiguity and uncertainty is critical in the calamity that follows. How government agencies behave sometimes closely resembles the behavior of corporations. As Harvey points out, in a neoliberal state, it is often the “public sector that bears all the risk and the private sector that reaps all the profit” (2006: 26).