Forgetting Flooding? : Post-disaster Livelihood and Embedded Remembrance in Suburban Santa Fe, Argentina

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Abstract

Flooding has long been a recurrent problem in the Argentinian city of Santa Fe, mainly affecting the poverty-stricken suburban outskirts. In 2003 one of the worst floods ever occurred, which also affected residents in the middle income sectors who had never been flooded before and who reacted with an extraordinary process of commemoration and protest against the government for its lax disaster management. Paradoxically, most other past disastrous floods in the city’s history seem to dwell in the shadows of social oblivion. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the years 2004–2011, this article analyzes how local flood memories are made through daily life practices and places in the suburban outskirts, more than through public commemorations, which has implications for vulnerability and risk.

Contributor Notes

Susann Baez Ullberg has a PhD in social anthropology from Stockholm University. She is currently a Postdoc Fellow at the University of Gothenburg and also works as a teacher and researcher at the Swedish Defence University. Her fields of research are primarily disaster, environmental and development anthropology, focusing on issues such as temporality, knowledge and expertise, morality and materiality in different types of disasters, crises, and global challenges. She is a an affiliated researcher at several international research institutes and one of the founders of DICAN Disaster and Crisis Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Address: School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden. E-mail: susann.baez.ullberg@fhs.se

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