Children As a New Witness of Disasters: Drawing the Experiences of Van Earthquake 2011 Turkey

Monday, July 14, 2014: 11:15 AM
Room: 302
Oral Presentation
Serkan DEMIRAL , Social Anthropology, Mrs, ERzurum, Turkey
Zuhal Yonca ODABAS , Sociology, PhD, ERzurum, Turkey
For a few decades the experiences of children have been gained more attention by social sciences scholars. From the  social constructionist point of view, it is asserted that their everyday experiences shape their sense of self and their views of others, events around them and the society as a whole. However it must be added that the culture and region are also important factors that effect  the world view and the other things listed above. In this presentation it is aimed to  explore the children's view of disaster by  depending on both their drawings and expressions in the case of 2011 Van Earthquake in Turkey. This earthquake  has some specific features in some senses. This City is located at the Eastern Anatolia and the density of Kurdish ethnic group is higher. Since then it can be assumed this earthquake contains some complex relations at political, social and economical levels in Turkey