Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Turning Crisis into Blessings: The Evolution of Japanese Culture Through Disaster

Hogge, Timothy (2016) Turning Crisis into Blessings: The Evolution of Japanese Culture Through Disaster. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (548kB)


The purpose of this thesis is to examine three major turning points in Japanese history and the evolution of Japanese culture as a result of disaster, as well as the evolution of disaster narratives. The 1923 Kantō Earthquake, the post-World War II era, and the 3.11 triple disasters will be examined to show not only how Japanese culture has evolved over time in response to these disasters, but also how some aspects of the culture have remained the same. The Kantō earthquake and the post-World War II years will be examined to give a historical context of the culture of disaster in Japan so as to show how they informed the narratives and culture that arose in the aftermath of 3.11. Responses from the government, the general population, cinematic, and literary responses to 3.11 will be examined in more detail than the other disasters since it is the main focus of this thesis. Using Jeffrey Alexander’s theory on the creation of cultural trauma, we will examine these disasters as socially mediated rather than purely psychological experiences shedding new light and new ways of thinking about the experience of disaster and the creation of cultures of disaster.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hogge, Timothytah88@pitt..eduTAH88
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairExley, Charles
Committee MemberNara, Hiroshi
Committee MemberMajumdar, Neepa
Date: 20 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 April 2016
Approval Date: 20 June 2016
Submission Date: 20 May 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 64
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Japan, Culture of Disaster, Fukushima, Kanto, Nuclear, Earthquake, Disaster
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:02
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:33


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item