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Coping with disaster: life at tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, Iwate, 2011.

In early summer 2011, Dr Steger spent several weeks at a tsunami evacuation shelter, a temple in the coastal town Yamada (Iwate Prefecture). She lived with people who had lost their homes and interviewed them about their experience and current lives.

The project receives financial support from the Thriplow Charitable Trust, the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee and the Cambridge Humanities Research Grant Scheme.

This project follows earlier work on Ethnographies from a Tsunami and Nuclear Devastated Japan, presenting some of the first ethnographies of the Japanese communities afflicted by the giant earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, and the ensuing crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. 

Publications

Brigitte Steger (forthc.): Life at tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, Iwate, 2011 (monograph; work title)

Brigitte Steger (2012):  ‘“We were all in this together”. Challenges to and practices of cleanliness in tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, 2011’Japan Focus, 17 September.

Brigitte Steger (2011):  ‘Secrets in a tsunami evacuation center’, Anthropology News (14 November) 52(8)