‘A small world’: ethnography of a natural disaster simulation in Lima, Peru
Article first published online: 6 FEB 2013
© 2013 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 38–53, February 2013
How to Cite
Revet, S. (2013), ‘A small world’: ethnography of a natural disaster simulation in Lima, Peru. Social Anthropology, 21: 38–53. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12002
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 6 FEB 2013
An international idea is that the world must be ‘prepared’ for any disaster situation. Among the many tools and practices that contribute to this frame, the paper focuses on exercises intended to prepare for natural disasters: real-scale simulation exercises. The object of this paper, based on several studies conducted at sites overseen by the UN natural disaster reduction agency (ISDR) and on a field study of a simulation in Peru in November 2010, is these exercises and their purposes and outcomes. It also explores the conditions of possibility for their ethnography.