Differential Impacts of Disasters By Gender and Generation

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Disasters have different impacts on gender and generations. For example after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it was observed that younger women had a harder time to find jobs as a regular employee in the Tohoku urban area. The accident at the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant caused different perceptions of risk between men and women, and between younger and older generations. The opinions to decommission all nuclear reactors has received greater support from women than men. Voluntary evacuations were preferred by mothers with children than by fathers. Elderly family members showed a greater disposition to return home which was once designated as “residence restricted area” while the younger generation with children have decided not to return.

In this session, we would like to focus on the differential impacts of disasters by gender and generations across the globe, and discuss measures to bridge the gaps to support groups which are particularly vulnerable after a disaster.

Session Organizer:
Noriko IWAI, JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce, Japan
Noriko IWAI, JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce, Japan
Oral Presentations
Impacts of the Sichuan Earthquake in China on Generations and Gender across
Jing LI, Osaka University, Japan; Yixuan CHEN, Osaka University, Japan; Xin GAO, Osaka University, Japan; Jianxin ZHANG, Sichuan University, China; Junko OTANI, Osaka University, Japan
Age, Gender, and Care-Dependency – What Makes Us Vulnerable in Crisis Situations
Katja SCHULZE, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany; Andrea JUNGMANN, Disaster Research Unit, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Julia SCHANDER, Disaster Research Unit, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany