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Lucas Ghilardi Saatkamp

Discipline: Contemporary Themes

Teachter: Alexandra Oanca

Cod: 609876

From the Margins to the Mainstream? Disaster Research at the

The reaction papers should follow the strict structure below.
1. ARGUMENT. In a few sentences, state the author's explicit or implicit argument.
Be sure to include both what the author is arguing for, and what s/he is arguing
against (if applicable). Please do not write more than a few sentences and to focus
only on the main argument of the text.
The author’s goal is to increase the relevance of this theme, not just following past
instructions of pioneer’s researchers from this field. For him, it is necessary a great effort
to link these events to related fields, broadening the range of the area, raising its visibility
in front researcher’s community. He also aims that this path shall unleash the field from
past studies, leading the area to new definitions through “sociology mainstream” (p. 504)

2. CENTRAL QUOTATION. Quote a sentence (or excerpts from linked

sentences) from the text that you think is central to the author's (or authors')
implicit or explicit argument(s). Always cite the page.
The author tries to present what researchers of this field have worked, adding his
drawings on how the situation about disasters are changing with a sociological
perspective, and highlighting the next steps to keep the relevance of the field for the
future. (Page 504)
3. . TEXTUAL CONNECTION. Connect the argument of this text to an argument
or point you find in another reading assignment covered in this course or one you
have picked up from earlier study at the university or elsewhere.


As well as cited in the text “From the Margins to the Mainstream”, there is a
connection between the two texts that can be relevant to this analysis. When considering
the author’s argument, we are facing what is next about this study field. It is possible to
be a match, especially when we dispose from the same circumstances in the current
moment. In both texts, we can relate that there is a shift moment. Where old traditions
became less relevant. On “The Return of the Repressed” sociologists related that emotions
are improving the streams of research on this field, increasing the range of its possibilities
of study. That is exactly what Kathleen J. Tierney is trying to show on her text. (p.78)
4. EXPERIENTIAL CONNECTION. Say, in a few lines only, how the argument
confirms or contradicts your own experience or common sense. Think about how
the argument might apply to other phenomenon you know from other readings or
outside university.
As a personal experience, it is possible to relate that in many different areas we
are facing shift moments, or disruption as known. Through it we realize how the
circumstances around us can shape our perspective about something. This thinking lead
us to the questioning if there is something capable to define and control our
circumstances, and even the way we may think.
5. . QUESTION. Raise a question or questions, which you think is not fully, or
satisfactorily, answered by the text. The question should be a question of
interpretation or of inquiry, not simply a question of fact. Use the reading tips
above to help you frame your question(s).

As said in the text by the author, “natural and technological disasters provided
useful laboratories for studying social behavior” (p.504). I am pondering if it is possible
that disasters can shape the way we study social behavior. Because, it is important to
consider that natural e technological disaster can be caused by someone’s purpose, with
an intention, again, to shape the way we look to our society and develop our studies. So
how the text can consider and manage private ou government interest with disaster? Can
we rely on facts that are exposed in sociological studies, with the parameter of data about
our behavior through disaster?