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Kōbe 1995: Crisis, Volunteering, and Active Citizenship in Japan

Avenell, Simon


This paper analyzes the activities of volunteer groups mobilized to support vulnerable communities such as foreigners and ethnic minorities after the Kobe earthquake. Apart from trying to give a ‘human face’ to Kobe volunteers, groups, and networks, I am interested in the historical significance of this volunteering beyond the much-discussed, yet nonetheless important, legislative and broader perceptional changes. What did volunteers learn through their interactions with vulnerable...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan: Political, Religious, and Cultural Responses
DOI: 10.1057/9781137521323


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