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The Resource Underwater : loss, flood insurance, and the moral economy of climate change in the United States, Rebecca Elliott

Underwater : loss, flood insurance, and the moral economy of climate change in the United States, Rebecca Elliott

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Underwater : loss, flood insurance, and the moral economy of climate change in the United States
Title
Underwater
Title remainder
loss, flood insurance, and the moral economy of climate change in the United States
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Elliott
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Communities around the United States face the threat of being underwater. This is not only a matter of rising waters reaching the doorstep. It is also the threat of being financially underwater, owning assets worth less than the money borrowed to obtain them. Many areas around the country may become economically uninhabitable before they become physically unlivable. In Underwater, Rebecca Elliott explores how families, communities, and governments confront problems of loss as the climate changes. She offers the first in-depth account of the politics and social effects of the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides flood insurance protection for virtually all homes and small businesses that require it. In doing so, the NFIP turns the risk of flooding into an immediate economic reality, shaping who lives on the waterfront, on what terms, and at what cost. Drawing on archival, interview, ethnographic, and other documentary data, Elliott follows controversies over the NFIP from its establishment in the 1960s to the present, from local backlash over flood maps to Congressional debates over insurance reform. Though flood insurance is often portrayed as a rational solution for managing risk, it has ignited recurring fights over what is fair and valuable, what needs protecting and what should be let go, who deserves assistance and on what terms, and whose expectations of future losses are used to govern the present. An incisive and comprehensive consideration of the fundamental dilemmas of moral economy underlying insurance, Underwater sheds new light on how Americans cope with loss as the water rises"--
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1984-
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Elliott, Rebecca
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HG9983.3
LC item number
.E54 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Society and the environment
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  • National Flood Insurance Program (U.S.)
  • Flood insurance
  • Flood insurance
  • Flood insurance
  • Flood damage
  • Flood damage
  • Liability for environmental damages
  • Climatic changes
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Finance
  • National Flood Insurance Program (U.S.)
  • Climatic changes
  • Flood damage
  • Flood insurance
  • Liability for environmental damages
  • United States
Label
Underwater : loss, flood insurance, and the moral economy of climate change in the United States, Rebecca Elliott
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Insurance and the problem of loss in a climate-changed United States -- Transforming the management of loss : the origins of the National Flood Insurance Program -- Losing ground : values at risk in an American floodplain -- Visions of loss : knowing and pricing flood risk -- Shifting responsibilities for loss : national reform of flood insurance -- Floodplain futures : trajectories of loss -- Conclusion: What do we have to lose?
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 278 pages
Isbn
9780231190268
Lccn
2020020518
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1157485836
Label
Underwater : loss, flood insurance, and the moral economy of climate change in the United States, Rebecca Elliott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Insurance and the problem of loss in a climate-changed United States -- Transforming the management of loss : the origins of the National Flood Insurance Program -- Losing ground : values at risk in an American floodplain -- Visions of loss : knowing and pricing flood risk -- Shifting responsibilities for loss : national reform of flood insurance -- Floodplain futures : trajectories of loss -- Conclusion: What do we have to lose?
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 278 pages
Isbn
9780231190268
Lccn
2020020518
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1157485836

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