Emotions and beliefs after disaster: a comparative analysis in Haiti and Indonesia

Joakim, E. P. and White, R. S. (2015) Emotions and beliefs after disaster: a comparative analysis in Haiti and Indonesia. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 30 (2). pp. 193-212. ISSN 1353-7903 Online ISSN: 1469-9419 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13537903.2015.1025538

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Although religion often comprises a central component of the social and cultural make-up of communities in developing countries affected by disasters, there is often limited understanding of how religious faith, religious leaders, and religious institutions contribute to vulnerability and resilience in the post-disaster period. Using a case study related to the earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2006, our research examined the role of faith and religion from the perspective of affected populations, including individuals, religious leaders, and academics. The research suggests complexity in fatalistic thinking and the role of religious activities, where both vulnerability and resilience co-existed. The nature of religious leadership was found to be highly dependent on the individual, although leaders primarily saw their roles as supporting the psychological recovery of the affected population. Examining religious institutions suggests that physical structures, collective engagement in activities, networks, and theological perspectives provided opportunities for initiatives aiming at disaster risk reduction, although not all of these aspects remain functional in the aftermath of disasters. The article concludes by discussing the importance of incorporating religious faith and institutions in disaster risk reduction programming and unifying messages between faith and non-faith organizations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2015AREP; IA69;
Subjects: 99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary Religion
Volume: 30
Page Range: pp. 193-212
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13537903.2015.1025538
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 16:25
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 15:58
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3498

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