Sustainable flood memory: remembering as resilience

Garde-Hansen, J, McEwen, L.J, Holmes, A and Jones, O (2017) 'Sustainable flood memory: remembering as resilience.' Memory Studies, 10 (4). pp. 384-405. ISSN 1750-6980

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This article proposes the concept of sustainable flood memory as a critical and agentic form of social and cultural remembering of learning to live with floods. Drawing upon research findings that use the 2007 floods in the South West of England as a case study, we explore and analyse the media representations of flooding, the role of community and communicative memory of past floods for fostering resilience, and map emotional and affective responses to floods. To approach flooding in this way is critical to understanding how communities engage in memory practices (remembering and strategically forgetting) in order to cope with environmental changes. Moreover, the article embraces a research design and strategy in which ‘memory studies’ is brought into a conversation not only with geography (mental maps), social sciences and flood risk management policy but also with stakeholders and communities who collect, archive and remember flood histories in their respective regions.

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Article first published online 28 September 2016 ahead of its inclusion in a specific issue.

Keywords: community, environment, flood, forgetting, lay knowledge, media, memory, narrative, remembering, resilience, risk, sustainable
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: 0.1177/1750698016667453
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 17:31
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:44
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