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Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs. Questions linger: What went wrong? Can it happen again? Is our government equipped to plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter?
 
Racial disparities exist in disaster response, cleanup, rebuilding, reconstruction, and recovery. Race plays out in natural disaster survivors’ ability to rebuild, replace infrastructure, obtain loans, and locate temporary and permanent housing. Generally, low-income and people of color disaster victims spend more time in temporary housing, shelters, trailers, mobile homes, and hotels—and are more vulnerable to permanent displacement. Some “temporary” homes have not proved to be that temporary. In exploring the geography of vulnerability, this book asks why some communities get left behind economically, spatially, and physically before and after disasters strike.

Book News Annotation:

Bullard (sociology, Clark Atlanta U.) and Wright (sociology, Dillard U.) present 12 chapters exploring the geography of vulnerability and reconstruction in pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, particularly focusing on disparities of race and class. Following a broad overview by the co-editors of the politics of race and place in New Orleans as it relates to questions of pollution, rebuilding, redevelopment, environmental hazards, and public health in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans, chapters discuss the role of law in the construction of geographic disparities of race and class; transportation apartheid and its daily economic effects and its role in creating disparities in the effects of natural and human-induced disasters, unequal recovery policies and its impact on black New Orleans, environmental health threats and injustices before and after the storm, health disparities and their causes, corporate profiteering in post-Katrina contracts, the choices and challenges of economic development and rebuilding policies in relation to race, the pre- and post-storm status of residential housing in the predominantly black Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, and patterns of displacement after the storm and the impact of public policy on the recovery process. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Analyzing the immediate and long-term repercussions of Hurricane Katrina, the essays in this volume expose the racial disparities that exist in disaster response and recovery and challenge the geography of vulnerability

Synopsis:

Analyzing the immediate and long-term repercussions of Hurricane Katrina, the essays in this volume expose the racial disparities that exist in disaster response and recovery and challenge the geography of vulnerability

About the Author

Robert D. Bullard is Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Often considered the “father” of the environmental justice movement, he is the author of Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000).

Beverly Wright is a sociologist and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans. A New Orleans native and Hurricane Katrina survivor, she is the author of In the Wake of the Storm (2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty (2007).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813344249
Author:
Bullard, Robert
Publisher:
Westview Press
Editor:
Bullard, Robert D.
Editor:
Wright, Beverly
Author:
Wright, Beverly
Author:
Bullard, Robert D.
Subject:
SOC040000
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Crisis management
Subject:
Disaster relief
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Subject:
Disaster relief - Louisiana - New Orleans
Subject:
Sociology-Disasters and Disaster Relief
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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