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The Construction of Individual and Institutional Meaning Of Lumpur Lapindo Disaster

The Construction of Individual and Institutional Meaning Of Lumpur Lapindo Disaster


Anis Farida, Zaenuddin


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Disaster response and management often leaves some problems, not only to grassroots people but also government institutions in a high level including the central government. Hence, mismanagement of disaster responses potentially leads to social impacts that diminish existing values within a society. This work aims at exploring individual and institutional responses to the Lumpur Lapindo blasts having happened since 2006. The work is carried out in two villages having the impacts of the disaster including Siring and Renokenongo, Porong County of Sidoarjo District within the frame work of disaster as an agent of change. This work is further to explore individual and institutional responses to social changes including economics, politics, collaborative working and issues of conflict emerging after the disaster.
The project employs qualitative approach supported by data collection method that includes in-depth interview, focused group discussion, observation and documentation. The findings of the work include the emerging of a new behavior of the individuals and institutions in responding the disaster. In the beginning most individuals and institutions insist to save their own village and neglect the other villages having the damages earlier. They would not care about the people from other villages. This means that disaster diminish the existing local established values. Yet they change their mind as the disaster goes to the whole areas sweeping all villages nearby the center of the Lumpur Lapindo. Being in a weak situation and feeling that they can do nothing individually, they start working together and make some collaboration. This condition shows that the bigger scale of the disaster is related to the returning of the local values including religions, economics and social capital within the society. The disaster carries social changes and impacts.

Keywords: disaster, social change, local values.

 

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