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Men Facing Earthquakes: The Example of Rognes (Bouches-du-Rhône, France)

Cécile Quesada

This article’s purpose is to show that men, confronted by earthquakes, natural disasters of telluric origin, do not ignore them, as one would think a priori considering the scale and unpredictability of these events. On the contrary, humans socially appropriate them through cultural tools (ideal and material). This paper is based on a field study conducted in a French community whose inhabitants have transformed a past earthquake into a primary symbol of their collective identity, and are now elaborating social means with the purpose of managing the seismic risk that threatens them.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 1, Vol. 21, Spring, 2001 pp 53 – 61

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