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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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“You Can Do It, Japan!”

“You Can Do It, Japan!”

Social Networks and Natural Disasters

(p.155) “You Can Do It, Japan!”
At Home and in the Field

Pamela L. Runestad

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes what it meant, in the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake that struck off the east coast of northern Japan on March 11, 2011, to belong to a family, a particular community, a particular region of Japan, or even Japan itself in the minds of survivors when whole families, neighborhoods, and communities were suddenly washed away. It investigates the central role of social networks as channels for relief and in the forging of new global and local connections. In so doing the chapter stresses that disasters allow us to see how social networks are fluid and ever-changing, how local social networks can be global, how social networks are central to the success of relief efforts, and how anthropologists are not outside social networks in the field, so they can contribute to relief efforts through these networks, too.

Keywords:   social networks, local connections, earthquake, global connections, Japan, natural disasters, relief efforts

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