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A Study of the Commemoration of Social Loss after a Collective Traumatic Event - Focused on Sewol Ferry Disaster in Korea -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(11), pp.27-45
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : September 6, 2017
  • Accepted : November 6, 2017
  • Published : November 30, 2017

MOON HEE JEONG 1 Hyesun Joo 1 Soosang Lee 2 Hyun-Nie Ahn 1

1이화여자대학교
2부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate the commemoration responses to a social loss after a collective traumatic event using the case of commemoration services for the Sewol ferry disaster in Korea. In particular, this study compared the commemoration responses to the accident between its first and second anniversary. For this purpose, newspaper articles regarding the memorial services for the Sewol ferry disaster were collected to draw 25 most frequent topics through topic modeling method. The most crucial topic was found to be “shared collective memories about loss”. The major topics on its first anniversary were related to the memory of the victims, while the topics on the discovery of the truth about the accident increased relatively more during the second anniversary. These results demonstrated that the social environment in which one can feel free to share loss-related stories with others is critical for fast recovery from social losses.

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