Disastrous Publics: Counter-enactments in Participatory Experiments

TitleDisastrous Publics: Counter-enactments in Participatory Experiments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsTironi, M
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01622439
Keywords2010 , CHILE , counter-enactment , crisis , disasters , EARTHQUAKES , Emergency , POLITICAL , PUBLIC , SOCIAL , Tsunami
AbstractThis article explores how citizen participation was methodologically devised and materially articulated in the postdisaster reconstruction of Constitución, one of the most affected cities after the earthquake and tsunami that battered south central Chile in 2010. The author argues that the techniques deployed to engineer the participation were arranged as a policy experiment where a particular type of public was provoked—one characterized by its emotional detachment, political engagement, and social tolerance. More broadly, the article argues that while disaster studies need to acknowledge the generative capacities of public participation, science and technology studies should include disasters as a particular setting for participatory experiments. 
NotesTironi, Manuel 1; Affiliation: 1: Instituto de Sociología, P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, CIGIDEN - National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management metironi@uc.cl; Source Info: Jul2015, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p564; Subject Term: CHILE Earthquake, Chile, 2010 (February 27); Subject Term: EARTHQUAKES; Subject Term: EMERGENCY management; Subject Term: CRISIS management; Subject Term: TSUNAMI damage; Subject Term: TSUNAMI relief; Subject Term: CHILE; Subject Term: SOCIAL aspects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Chile; Author-Supplied Keyword: counter-enactment; Author-Supplied Keyword: disasters; Author-Supplied Keyword: political experiments; Author-Supplied Keyword: public engagement; NAICS/Industry Codes: 922190 Other Justice, Public Order, and Safety Activities; NAICS/Industry Codes: 911290 Other federal protective services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 913190 Other municipal protective services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 912190 Other provincial protective services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624230 Emergency and Other Relief Services; Number of Pages: 24p; Document Type: Article