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Catastrophe in the Making: the Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow (09 Edition)


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When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to and#147;natural disastersand#8221; or and#147;acts of God.and#8221; But what if theyand#8217;re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves?


Thatand#8217;s the provocative theory of Catastrophe in the Making, the first book to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a and#147;perfect storm,and#8221; but a tragedy of our own makingand#151;and one that could become commonplace. and#160;


The authors, one a longtime New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency response are just the most obvious examples of government failure. The true problem is more deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast.


Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of and#147;economic developmentand#8221; at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are buildingand#151;quite literallyand#151;toward similar destruction.


Too often, the U.S. and#147;growth machineand#8221; generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive and#147;naturaland#8221; disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making shows why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.


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William R. Freudenburgand#160;was professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Robert Gramling is professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Socioeconomic Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Shirley Laska is a professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans and director of the Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART). Kai Erikson is professor emeritus of Sociology and American Studies at Yale University.

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The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow
Freudenburg, William R.
Gramling, Robert B.
Freudenburg, William
Laska, Shirley
Erikson, Kai
Island Press
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Emergency management -- Louisiana.
Natural Disasters
Disaster Relief & Rescue Operations
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Development - Economic Development
Sociology-Disasters and Disaster Relief
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figures, references, index
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Social Science » Disasters and Disaster Relief
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