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After Maria: Everyday recovery from disaster

This graphic novella provides ethical representations of developing country contexts through Natalia, the novella's protagonist, whose story is based on a one-year ethnographic research project about how low-income Puerto Rican families recovered from the impacts of 2017's Hurricane Maria. The novella also covers issues related to gender, inequality, resilience, poverty, vulnerabilities, disasters and identities. Readers can use their wider understanding of these theories and concepts they have learnt in class or elsewhere to unpack the story's images, dialogue and narratives. This graphic novella also explores: Information about research on disaster impacts, disaster recovery and media representations of disasters. Discussion points about disaster impacts, unequal experiences, recovery and disaster representation. The importance of graphically illustrating research.

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