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An Analysis of the Commemorative Phenomenon about Traumatic Loss Caused by a Disaster - Case of Sewol Ferry Disaster -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2016, 12(6), pp.15-31
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Hee Jeong Moon 1 Hyesun Joo 1 Hyun-Nie Ahn 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the case of the Sewol ferry disaster and to explore how the responses of traumatic loss caused by a disaster have been revealed in commemoration events. For this purpose, those holding the commemoration events for the Sewol ferry victims are grouped into the three groups; the bereaved, a civic group, and a government organization in order to estimate the frequency of commemorations over time. The study also identifies the people’s emotions revealed in the commemoration events and their themes. Commemoration events were most frequently held in May 2014 and in April 2015 on the first anniversary of the disaster; the primary emotions found in the events are sorrow and anger; and the theme most frequently revealed is ‘memory’ of the disaster. In particular, since most of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster were high school students, sadness about the fact that the adolescents who would have needed to be protected by adults died at their early age due to adults’ wrongdoing was frequently found in the commemoration events for the Sewol ferry victims.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.