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The Collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa on 14 August 2018: A Collective Traumatic Event and Its Emotional Impact Linked to the Place and Loss of a Symbol

Department of Education Sciences, University of Genoa, 16126 Genova GE, Italy
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6822; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236822
Received: 8 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 26 November 2019 / Published: 1 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
The collapse of the Morandi bridge in Italy, which took place in the summer of 2018, has had enormous emotional, economic, and social consequences for the inhabitants of the area, which are felt throughout the world. As seen in the literature, collective traumatic events increase the experience of insecurity and paranoia, thus increasing the perception of vulnerability. The present work aims to bring out the emotions most experienced by the participants connected to the traumatic event in question, paying attention to the possible solutions to be proposed to local stakeholders from a sustainability perspective, this way favouring community empowerment. The research, carried out with the photovoice technique, involved 30 young adults residing in areas near the event. The results illustrate how the participants experienced mainly feelings of emptiness, vulnerability, and fear as well as anger, despair, and mistrust of the institutions. It was also stressed that the economic and structural hardships hit the inhabitants hard. There have been many concrete solutions identified by the participants: creating a support network, supporting the local economy, and keeping the memory alive. The research and application implications underline the importance of using photovoice within community interventions, a tool that facilitates awareness and active citizenship. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotion; collective traumatic event; photovoice; Italy emotion; collective traumatic event; photovoice; Italy
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Rania, N.; Coppola, I.; Martorana, F.; Migliorini, L. The Collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa on 14 August 2018: A Collective Traumatic Event and Its Emotional Impact Linked to the Place and Loss of a Symbol. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6822.

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