1 The Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University2 Magt, Medier og Kommunikation, Administration Department of Roskilde University, Roskilde University
An Analysis of Post Disaster Interactions and Performance in a Danish ContextEn analyse af post disaster interaktioner og performance i en dansk kontekst
The article presents an analysis of communication processes between residents, between residents and people in the broader societal context as well as of media coverage of a fireworks disaster in a Danish suburb. It demonstrates how residents (all members of the Danish middle class) were able to have their situation – their affectedness - acknowledged in interactions with others and gain considerable attention right after the accident. In addition it demonstrates how the initial acknowledgement decreased over time. In this case the axes of differentiation did not relate to questions of gender, ethnicity, class or other social categories normally recognized as influential in case of disastrous events. Since the population in the area was very homogenous, the axis of differentiation was instead linked to the social category of affectedness, and a hierarchy of affectedness was identified within the population.
International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 2013, Vol 31, Issue 2, p. 270-292
Post Disaster Communication; Axes of Differentiation; Performance Theory; Media; Danish Middle Class