chapter  5
The social life of disasters: an anthropological approach
ByBIRGITTE REFSLUND SØRENSEN AND KRISTOFFER ALBRIS
Pages 16

Anthropology is concerned with how human beings inhabit and make sense of their worlds at the intersection of society, culture and the environment. Disasters, from this perspective, are not just events that strike and affect societies from the outside, disappearing as recovery progresses. Disasters have a continuous life as part of the history and organization of communities and societies. They are created by the conditions of society, and in turn reshape society. The life of a disaster is in other words inherently social and cultural.