Departmental Bulletin Paper NGO Activity as a Method for Public Anthropology : From a Case Study of Disaster-relief Activities in Miyagi Prefecture

内尾, 太一  ,  Taichi, Uchio

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake forced many people to relocate to temporary housing units. Human Security Forum (HSF), an NGO created by scholars and graduate students at the Human Security Program of the University of Tokyo, has been working since then to support disaster-hit people on the Sanriku coast of Miyagi prefecture.In this connection, this paper is aimed at considering the methodological aspects of public anthropology. The first section provides the general picture of public anthropology and disaster as the framework of this paper. The second section presents the roles of NGOs in anthropological fieldwork to explain the author’s approach in post-3.11 public anthropology in Japan. The third section introduces a case study of the author’s engagement as a half-practitioner and half-anthropologist in the disaster recovery process. The last section discusses the possibility of a public anthropology better able to survive outside the academic institutional structure and mindset.

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