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Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina

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Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith is an ethnographic account of long-term recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans. It is also a sobering exploration of the privatization of vital social services under market-driven governance. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, public agencies subcontracted disaster relief to private companies that turned the humanitarian work of recovery into lucrative business. These enterprises profited from the very suffering that they failed to ameliorate, producing a second-order disaster that exacerbated inequalities based on race and class and leaving residents to rebuild almost entirely on their own.

Filled with the often desperate voices of residents who returned to New Orleans, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith describes the human toll of disaster capitalism and the affect economy it has produced. While for-profit companies delayed delivery of federal resources to returning residents, faith-based and nonprofit groups stepped in to rebuild, compelled by the moral pull of charity and the emotional rewards of volunteer labor. Adams traces the success of charity efforts, even while noting an irony of neoliberalism, which encourages the very same for-profit companies to exploit these charities as another market opportunity. In so doing, the companies profit not once but twice on disaster.

Synopsis:

This ethnographic account of long-term recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans provides a sobering look at the fallout from the privatization of vital social services under neoliberal, or market-driven, governance.

About the Author

Vincanne Adams is Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She has written and edited numerous books in medical anthropology, including Sex and Development: Science, Sexuality and Morality in Global Perspective (coedited with Stacy Leigh Pigg) also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents

1. It's Not about Katrina 1

2. The Making of a Disaster 22

3. andquot;If This Could Happen to Us, It Could Happen to Anyoneandquot; 55

4. Navigating the Road Home 74

5. Getting to the Breaking Point 99

6. Faith in a Volunteer Recovery 126

7. Charity, Philanthrocapitalism, and the Affect Economy 153

8. Katrina as the Future 176

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 193

Bibliography 213

Index 225

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822354345
Subtitle:
New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina
Author:
Adams, Vincanne
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130304
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 photographs
Pages:
248

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
» History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
» History and Social Science » World History » General

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