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Porosity and protection.

Clarke, Jennifer



The author first saw traces of destruction in the spring of 2014, when driving, with an art therapist friend, towards a coastal village north of the "difficult to return zone", near the Fukushima Diichi nuclear power plant. Known in Japan as 3.11, the so-called triple disaster (the strongest earthquake ever recorded, an ensuing tsunami, and a nuclear “accident” that, together, left 18,000 people dead) devastated the Tohoku region of northeast Japan. As they drove toward the stricken zone, traversing a series of barriers real and imagined with little more than salt to protect them the author reflected on the porosity of bodies and substances—the risks of radiation crossing the boundaries of our skin, entering our bodies through the air we breathed and the food we consumed.


CLARKE, J. 2019. Porosity and protection. Posted on Fieldsights, blog of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. Editors' forum: theorizing the contemporary [online], 25 April 2019. Available from:

Digital Artefact Type Website Content
Online Publication Date Apr 25, 2019
Publication Date Apr 25, 2019
Deposit Date May 2, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 6, 2019
Keywords Fukushima; Nuclear power plant; Earthquake; Tsunami; Nuclear disaster; Substances; Borax; Radiation
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