Psychological and sociological research into post-global catastrophe scenarios...
September 22, 2011 11:10 PM   Subscribe

Know of any research, books, websites, etc. that look into how people would likely react in various global catastrophe situations? Apocalyptic without the fire and brimstone. Such as: economic collapse, global loss of electronics, plagues and so on. Sociological and psychological realities of how humans this day in age would actually behave.
posted by mrflibble to Human Relations (9 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Here is a text on predictable behaviors during disasters.
posted by JujuB at 12:11 AM on September 23, 2011 [5 favorites]

Are you seeking methodologies / approaches to scenario planning or books exploring the topic?
posted by infini at 4:03 AM on September 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US a presentation by Dmitri Orlov

And his book and blog.
posted by infini at 4:06 AM on September 23, 2011 [3 favorites]

This might not be quite what you want, but I kinda enjoyed the Pentagon's 2003 report on climate change and national security. Available here. occasionally posts links to slightly scholarly stuff. It's generally just a fun blog to read, since it puts my own very mild paranoia into perspective. :)
posted by pjaust at 5:32 AM on September 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

I will refer you to our own Dee Xtrovert's expert opinion.
posted by Blasdelb at 6:31 AM on September 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

"When Work Disappears" by Wilson - brilliant, brilliant urban studies professor out of Harvard.
posted by floweredfish at 6:35 AM on September 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

World War Z. Not exactly research, but a pretty good apocalyptic zombie scenario with details on how countries/people reacted to it.
posted by astapasta24 at 8:16 AM on September 23, 2011 [2 favorites]

Ignoring the Apocalypse by David Howard Davis, Praeger, 2007
Why Planning to Prevent Environmental Catastrophe Goes Astray

The Upside of Down by Thomas Homer-Dixon, Island Press, 2006
Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization

A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit, Viking, 2009
The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster
posted by perhapses at 11:21 AM on September 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Gwynne Dyer's Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats touches on this idea, if I recall correctly.
posted by telomere at 12:40 PM on September 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

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