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Sociology Colloquium Series: Stephen Ostertag, Collective Trauma, Coping, and the Cultural Work of Blog Use in Long-term Disaster Recover

Uptown Campus
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
B12

Date, Time, Place: Friday, October 26, 12:00-1:30PM, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Room B12 (basement)

Presenter: Professor Stephen Ostertag, Tulane University, Department of Sociology

Title: Collective Trauma, Coping, and the Cultural Work of Blog Use in Long-term Disaster Recovery

Abstract: Sociologists, communication scholars, and disaster researchers know quite a bit about how people use personal communication technologies and social networking media in the immediate context of disaster, but considerably less in the months and years that follow, when the immediate emergency period has passed and people seek to return to their lives. This period of recovery and rebuilding introduces new and different problems, and may provide an opportunity for theoretical development. Using a case study of New Orleans blog users over an 8-year period, I examine how people’s personal traumas shifted to collective traumas, and how they used blogs to address these shifts. I argue that this context of "settling" after a disaster provides insight into how culture "works" as both a dynamic resource, and a causal, motivational force that manifests in various ways over time.

 




For more information on this event, please visit https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/sites/liberalarts.tulane.edu/files/sites/default/files/Colloquium_10-16_Ostertag-Flyer.pdf