Fostering a Restoration of a Place Identity: from a perspective of `Picturescue`

Authors: RYOHEI MIYAMAE*, Osaka University, Tomohide Atsumi, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Disaster, Recovery, Place Identity, Picturescue, Tsunami-damaged Photographs
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom A, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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When disaster is defined as what destroys the connection between human beings and our society (e.g., Perry 2007), recovery is automatically assumed as a process that survivors restore the gap between them and their society or community. When it comes to a tsunami, survivors face with senses of losses of their identity by destroying all their homelands including their memories. The identity tied to the place is represented as “rootedness (Tuan 1974)” or “place identity (Prohansky, Fabian, and Kaminoff 1983).” Although many types of research focus on how the identity is built or how it works in the life course, few studies show how survivors who lost their place identity can restore it again during a recovery process following a disaster.
I reveal the relationship between the restoration of the place identity and the personal recovery following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. To deepen and elaborate the research interest, I introduce the “Picturescue (e.g., Miyamae and Atsumi 2007)” movement, which we see as a concerted effort to wash and modify tsunami-damaged photographs. I use survivors` narratives based on my longitude fieldwork to describe the current situation of Picturescue movement and what survivors think about it.
In the discussion, I am going to reveal how survivors dealt with their memories before the tsunami through survivors’ narratives. The study will contribute to a reformulation of a personal recovery following a disaster from the viewpoint of place identity.

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