9/11, Elitism or Post-Modernism
Author: Radu Ionescu
Abstract: This paper will evaluate the way the events of 9/11 were interpreted. The evaluation will use two perspectives: Elitism and Post-modernism. The paper is structured as follows. After a short description of the events the concept of elitism is introduced. After that the focus moves on what disaster problems were identified after 9/11 from an elitist perspective, what policies this generated and what was the outcome of these policies. This same structure is kept in place in the second part of the paper where a similar evaluation happens, this time using post-modernism as a lens. The paper concludes that the two perspectives are complementary and proposes a solution grounded in cognitive psychology to what it sees as an issue of there being too many benefits associated with the creation of certain metanarratives.
Integrated Emergency Management, disaster narratives, elitism, post-modernism, disaster policy planning.