How should an anthropologist respond to a disaster that has occurred in his or her hometown? When one is simultaneously a researcher of a disaster and a victim of that same disaster, the range of reaction may be limited, but on the other hand, one may be privy to a deep insider’s view. Takakura describes some of the practical difficulties faced by such researchers, as well as advantages, based on his own experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and of leading a Tohoku University project aimed at recording and archiving the narratives of people who experienced the earthquake. This study explores the academic and social significances of the project, and considers the role of the anthropologist as a citizen at home.
|Title of host publication||Crisis and Disaster in Japan and New Zealand|
|Editors||Susan Bouteray, Lawrence Marceau|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2019|