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General Information

Name:  John E. Farley  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Waterloo, Iowa

-- John E. Farley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Lives in Edwardsville, IL. Is a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Attended the Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Served on the Equal Housing Opportunity Council in Metropolitan St. Louis.

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Titles At Your Library

Earthquake Fears, Predictions, and Preparations in Mid-America
ISBN: 0809322013

Southern Illinois University Press. 1998

The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) generated the strongest earthquakes ever observed in the lower forty-eight states in 1811 and 1812. And the region is overdue for another damaging quake. When self-proclaimed climatologist lben Browning predicted that a major earthquake would shatter the Heartland on 2 or 3 December 1990, many living within reach of the New Madrid fault zone reacted with varying combinations of preparation and panic.

John Farley’s study reports the results of four surveys conducted in the NMSZ both before and after the quake prediction. Thus, Farley notes the level of awareness and preparation at the height of the Browning-induced scare and shows to what extent earthquake awareness and preparedness were sustained in this region after the most widely publicized prediction in recent history proved baseless. All four surveys offer important insights into what people believe about earthquake risk in the NMSZ, what they know about earthquakes, what specific actions they have—and have not—taken in preparation for earthquakes, and what they think a severe quake would do to their neighborhoods.

Farley is the first researcher to study the response to an earthquake prediction while the prediction remained in effect and to continue the inquiry after the date covered by the prediction had passed. He is also the first researcher to look at earthquake awareness and preparedness in the NMSZ over an extended period of time.

Majority-Minority Relations (5th Edition)
ISBN: 0131444123

Prentice Hall. 2004

For sophomore/junior level courses in Majority-Minority Relations or Race and Ethnic Relations in departments of sociology and ethnic studies and for college and university courses on diversity. This topically organized text is designed to develop students' understanding of the principles and processes that shape the patterns of relations between racial, ethnic, and other groups in society. Organized by topic, this book provides a more integrated look at the social forces that affect different racial groups.

Sociology & Study Guide Pkg (A
ISBN: 0131794728

Prentice Hall. 0


Kimmel Community Services Award, Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award

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