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Title: Finding Gampöng : space, place, and resilience in post-tsunami Aceh
Authors: Mahdi, Saiful
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Aceh Institute, Banda Aceh, ID
Abstract: The concept of gampöng, a spatial and cultural concept of community in Aceh is revisited in relation to resilience in post-conflict and post-tsunami Aceh. This paper shows how Acehnese use their social relation and network to cope with calamities. To examine this social and cultural capital, two communities in peri-urban Banda Aceh were observed during displacement and upon their return to their original villages. Social cohesiveness prior to disaster, leadership during emergency period and afterwards, as well as interaction with outside intervention over programs and projects were among the main factors shaping a new community on a “new” settlement. Whether these new communities and new spaces become places that can be called gampöng will depend on how these communities utilize the new physical outlook and infrastructure for their social interaction.
Description: Also published in “Tsunami in a time of war: aid, activism & reconstruction in Sri Lanka and Aceh,” de Alwis, Malathi and Hedman, Eva-Lotta E., eds. (2009)
Project Number: 103604
Project Title: Post Tsunami Reconstruction in the Context of War
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