Value, Waste and the ‘Furniture of Self’
This is a chapter about the meaning of things after disaster and specifically the meaning of things to the people recovering from disaster. In Chapter 3, I examined the way in which official narratives of what is important after one disaster influence the construction of technologies that will support those in future disasters. In this chapter, I explore a specific set of assumptions by official narratives, articulated through the National Recovery Guidance, differ from what is happening in the lived realities of residents in Toll Bar. This is not a benign difference; I will show that when a dominant official narrative and official understanding, in this case that the belongings of residents are now waste, is prioritised, then the consequences on the situated realities are far reaching and devastating.
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