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Erikson, Kai 1931-

Overview
Works: 47 works in 183 publications in 5 languages and 8,099 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Author of introduction
Classifications: BX9355, 301.15
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Most widely held works by Kai Erikson
Wayward Puritans : a study in the sociology of deviance by Kai Erikson( Book )

51 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that deviant forms of behavior are often a valuable resource in society, providing a point of contrast which is necessary for the maintenance of a coherent social order. Uses the Puritan settlement in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, and records of the Bay colony, to illustrate the way in which deviant behavior fits into the texture of social life generally. -- from publisher's description
Everything in its path : destruction of community in the Buffalo Creek flood by Kai Erikson( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1977 Sorokin Award'winning story of Buffalo Creek in the aftermath of a devastating flood. On February 26, 1972, 132-million gallons of debris-filled muddy water burst through a makeshift mining-company dam and roared through Buffalo Creek, a narrow mountain hollow in West Virginia. Following the flood, survivors from a previously tightly knit community were crowded into trailer homes with no concern for former neighborhoods. The result was a collective trauma that lasted longer than the individual traumas caused by the original disaster. Making extensive use of the words of the people themselves, Erikson details the conflicting tensions of mountain life in general'the tensions between individualism and dependency, self-assertion and resignation, self-centeredness and group orientation'and examines the loss of connection, disorientation, declining morality, rise in crime, rise in out-migration, etc., that resulted from the sudden loss of neighborhood
Catastrophe in the making : the engineering of Katrina and the disasters of tomorrow by William R Freudenburg( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of "economic development" at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are building-quite literally-toward similar destruction. Too often, the
American Indian environments : ecological issues in native American history( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nature of work : sociological perspectives by Kai Erikson( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new species of trouble : explorations in disaster, trauma, and community by Kai Erikson( Book )

9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As we move into a new technological age, disasters which are caused by human beings and involve radiation or some other form of toxicity are becoming more and more common. These disturbances are quite unlike all the floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural catastrophes that have buffeted humankind from the beginning. They contaminate persons and landscapes - indeed, human society itself - in new and special ways, and they add appreciably to the levels of distrust with which people face life. They are a new species of trouble, the author argues in this elegantly written volume. Kai Erikson, professor of sociology and American studies at Yale, has spent twenty years exploring such modern disasters. Using vivid descriptions and people's own words, he describes several communities visited by disaster: an Ojibwa Indian band in northwestern Ontario, damaged by a mercury spill; a migrant worker camp in south Florida, where Haitian farmhands learned that they had lost their life savings; a suburban community in Colorado, made toxic by an underground gasoline leak; the neighborhoods adjacent to the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In the stories and feelings of the victims of these disasters, the author finds striking similarities. Fear, self-doubt, the erosion of a sense of security - the author finds these too among people who have suffered prolonged homelessness. These human experiences, the author says, add up to a form of trauma extending not just to individuals but to whole communities. In final chapters on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the current debate about how to store America's growing inventory of high-level nuclear waste, the author shows how risks to individuals and the social fabric have heightened in the modern age. The seven gripping accounts in this book are his impassioned plea that we recognize this new species of trouble and do more to protect people from it
Encounters( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Horgan on Mary Garden; Isaiah Berlin and Monroe Engel on Edmund Wilson; Julian Barnes on Arthur Koestler; Sissela Bok on Alva Myrdal; Quentin Bell on Henri Matisse; John Hersey on Sinclair Lewis; Francine du Plessix Gray on Charles Olson; Maury Yeston on Alan Jay Lerner; Bayard Rustin on A. Philip Randolph; Hortense Calisher on Christina Stead; Harry Levin on Jean Renoir; Willie Ruff on Paul Hindemith; Stanley Cavell on J.L. Austin; Eileen Simpson on Jacques Lacan; John Hollander on W.H. Auden; Mary Lee Settle on W. Somerset Maugham; Jerome Bruner on Jean Piaget
The sociologist's eye : reflections on social life by Kai Erikson( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The culmination of a distinguished career, this exhilarating book offers an invitation to see the world with a sociologist's eye. Eminent sociologist Kai Erikson describes the field of sociology as a way of looking at the world rather than a simple gathering of facts. He notes that sociologists approach the same human scenes as poets, historians, economists, and other observers of our social landscape with emphasis on distinct aspects of that vast panorama. An animated, accessible volume, this book considers how sociology became a field of study and how the field has shifted over time, and articulates the particular perspective through which sociologists explore human social life. Erikson offers not only basic tools for understanding human culture and social interaction but also profound insight into what it means to interpret the world through a sociological lens. -- from dust jacket
Sociological visions( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new species of trouble : the human experience of modern disasters by Kai Erikson( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of the flood by Kai Erikson( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaching Sociology by Kai Erikson( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Exxon Valdez disaster : readings on a modern social problem( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of this volume reflects the collective research interests of the editors over the last seven years on the Exxon disaster in Alaska ... [Their] primary objective in compiling this volume was to provide a general introduction to the social problem of technological disasters in terms of a case study of the largest oil spill in North American history, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill ... [They] have used a number of these articles as required readings in courses such as social problems, environmental sociology, sociology of disasters, human ecology, the community, and environmental economics. Those reprinted in this text proved to be both informative and interesting to a broad cross-section of students from undergraduate to graduate ... This volume will be of interest to researchers and a broad spectrum of the general public.-Pref
The functions of deviance in groups by Robert A Dentler( Book )

1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The functions of deviance in groups by Robert A Dentler( Book )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In search of common ground; conversations with Erik H. Erikson and Huey P. Newton by Erik H Erikson( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witnessing for sociology : sociologists in court by Pamela Jenkins( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American court system is making increasing use of sociologists as expert witnesses. From toxic torts to religious cults and brainwashing, sociological knowledge is becoming increasingly more commonplace in the legal arena. This edited volume is a collection of the experiences of sociologists who have appeared as expert witnesses in a variety of court cases. Many of the cases covered in this book revolve around central issues of murder, self-defense, religious cults, battered women, child pornography, environmentalism, and homelessness. This volume is unique in its breadth of topics and con
Intellectual trajectories( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Loss of communality at Buffalo Creek by Kai Erikson( )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norme, cultura e comportamento deviante by Kai Erikson( )

in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Wayward Puritans : a study in the sociology of deviance
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Everything in its path : destruction of community in the Buffalo Creek floodCatastrophe in the making : the engineering of Katrina and the disasters of tomorrowAmerican Indian environments : ecological issues in native American historyThe Nature of work : sociological perspectivesA new species of trouble : explorations in disaster, trauma, and communityEncountersSociological visionsA new species of trouble : the human experience of modern disastersWitnessing for sociology : sociologists in court
Alternative Names
Erikson, Kai

Erikson Kai 1931-....

Erikson, Kai T.

Erikson, Kai T. 1931-

Erikson, Kai Theodor.

Erikson, Kai Theodor 1931-

Kai T. Erikson American sociologist

Kai T. Erikson Amerikaans socioloog

Kai T. Erikson sociologue américain

Κάι Τ. Έρικσον

エリクソン, カイ・T.

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