Journal article

Disaster nativism: Notes from rural Australia

Andrew Dawson, Simone Dennis

Social Anthropology / Anthropologie Sociale | Wiley Academic | Published : 2020


For the farming and tourism town of Anonyton that we research,1 2020 has been the year of disasters. The bushfires that led to loss of life and the COVID‐19 pandemic that threatens to do so again engender contrasting responses. Community was celebrated as the means by which local people survived and would be able to reconstruct their town in the fire’s aftermath. Overt coming together was, however, simultaneously undermined as locals blamed one another for the fires’ causes, accused one another of not coming to the assistance of neighbours and argued bitterly over the allocation of post‐fire relief. Conversely, the overt social distancing required as a response to the pandemic has been met b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

These reflections are drawn from an ongoing research project on conceptualisations of responsible drinking, funded by Alcohol and Beverages Australia.