chapter  3
Theology and disaster studies: from ‘acts of God’ to divine presence
Pages 15

Since the early 1950s, disaster research has emerged as an academic field firmly based in the social sciences. Whether or not disasters happen as a result of natural hazards, technological accidents or intentional acts of violence, social scientists have taken the lead in framing the field from its beginnings and up to today. A recent review article states without further ado: ‘Disaster studies address the social and behavioral aspects of sudden onset collective stress situations typically referred to as mass emergencies or disaster’ (Lindell 2013: 797).