Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences

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I am pleased to present Volume 20 (2017) of the Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences. Our latest issue leads off with a thought-provoking essay about disaster management and the roles of nongovernmental organizations and local government with a case study of several catastrophes that struck Japan in March 2011. Although this article focuses on Japan, it is not hard to see how it might be applied to the very recent situation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hitting Texas and Florida this past September, demonstrating the relevance of a social science perspective for understanding our contemporary world.