Solidarity during Snow-Disasters

March 1983 (VOL. 1, NO. 1)

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The following article is based on a case study of two snow-disasters affecting the same area within an extremely short interval. Thus, many learn-effects could be studied and many behavior-patterns could be compared. In this context only one behavior-pattern shall be presented. It is a behavior which is commonly said to be \\"jointly responsible\\". The types, modes, causes, and objective backgrounds of such a behavior shall be discussed. The study\\'s results are based on qualitative interviews of 2-3 hours with 40 professionals of the German disaster relief organizations, and on the analysis of documents (official reports, staff diaries, mass media, etc.). A questionnaire is in preparation and should be given to the population which was affected by the disaster.