• Lucy EasthopeEmail author


The book begins in the summer of 2007, when parts of the UK experienced exceptionally high rainfall and were devastated by floodwater. It is firstly the account of a longitudinal, ethnographic study of the residents and responders in one flooded village: of the relationships that are formed, the houses that are rebuilt, the personal items that are missed or thrown away and the places that are lost or compacted. It is also a reflection on the changing role of the researcher as an insider in governmental emergency recovery planning who became entangled in the life of the village. The two aspects combined allow the analysis of myths that are stubbornly reinforced throughout the aftermath of disaster.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Recovery adviser and researcherDoncasterUK

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