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Le sens du désastre. Les multiples interprétations d’une catastrophe "naturelle"

Abstract : The sense of disaster - The multiple interpretations of a “natural” catastrophe in Venezuela In 1999 mud slides devastated the Venezuelan coast line. Subsequently many operations attempt to explain the event and to give it meaning. This collective enterprise of signification enabled not only the victims but the whole country to define what could be done in order that such a tragedy should not reoccur. These tools produced to deal with the catastrophe involve different frameworks of thought and action. The paper reveals how religious symbolism, naturalist reason and risk discourses coexist and are each in turn appealed to by different involved actors such as state institutions, the church, locals, journalists and politicians.
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Sandrine Revet. Le sens du désastre. Les multiples interprétations d’une catastrophe "naturelle". Terrain : revue d'ethnologie de l'Europe , Ministère de la culture, Sous-direction ARCHETIS-DAPA, 2010. ⟨hal-03569793⟩



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