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Watermarks: urban flooding and memoryscape in Argentina


Stockholm Studies in Social Anthropology, N.S. 8:

This study addresses the relationship between memory, morality and social inequality and discusses the implications for questions regarding vulnerability, resilience and adaptation. The study examines how past flooding is remembered by flood victims in the middle- and low-income districts and by activists of the protest movement that emerged in the wake of the 2003 flood in Argentina by examining flood memory in the local bureaucracy, in local historiography, myths and popular culture. The analysis reveals that the Santafesinian flood memoryscape is dynamically configured by evocative, reminiscent and commemorative modes of remembering, which are expressed in multiple forms, ranging from memorials and rituals to bureaucratic documents, infrastructure and everyday practices.

Keywords

  • Themes:Recovery, Social Impacts & Resilience, Vulnerable Populations
  • Hazards:Flood
  • Countries/Regions:Argentina

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/33941

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