After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina

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Thirteen prominent black intellectuals explore the meaning of Katrina and address some of the difficult and disturbing questions raised in its wake. After the Storm helps us understand what happened in the Gulf region, what should happen in the recovery and redevelopment effort, and what these events tell us about inequality in contemporary America.
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Overview

Thirteen prominent black intellectuals explore the meaning of Katrina and address some of the difficult and disturbing questions raised in its wake. After the Storm helps us understand what happened in the Gulf region, what should happen in the recovery and redevelopment effort, and what these events tell us about inequality in contemporary America.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
These 10 original, judiciously edited essays-most of them by lawyers-explore the political and social response to Hurricane Katrina. The two opening pieces look back to the historical development of ghetto neighborhoods. Another complementary pair addresses the centrality of race in Louisiana politics and the commonalities of black and white suffering. Among the best are Clement Alexander Price's "Historicizing Katrina," a groundbreaking review of the "close link between natural disaster and black migrations in American history," and Cheryl I. Harris and Devon W. Carbado's "Loot or Find: Fact or Frame?" an eye-opening riff on the way the frame of race filters our perception of fact. Others consider the treatment of the victims as criminal acts, delve into the dispersal of the population and examine the media response. All are succinct and fresh, bound by the common question of whether there will be a new New Orleans, how it will be made and how much of the old New Orleans can be resuscitated. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In many ways, this is the most impressive of the books summarized here, owing to its precision and its refusal to dwell merely on the expected. Most of the contributors are law school faculty. They assess why Katrina was handled as it was (and still is), how inevitable future crises should be handled differently, and how redevelopment of New Orleans should occur. Angry, learned, focused, readable, essential. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"10 original, judiciously edited essays . . . succinct and fresh." &#8212Publishers Weekly

"Among the best. . . . Ten essays by legal scholars cover a tremendous expanse of issues . . . will reverberate for years." &#8212Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"In many ways, this is the most impressive of the [Katrina] books . . . owing to its precision and its refusal to dwell merely on the expected." &#8212Library Journal

"The shelves aren’t exactly crowded with works by black writers examining the debacle from an African-American perspective . . . [Troutt’s offers] sage advice." &#8212Washington Post

"Poignant and provocative." &#8212The City Paper

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595582034
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


David Dante Troutt is a professor of law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers University. Author of The Monkey Suit (The New Press), among other books, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

1 Many thousands gone, again 3
2 Katrina : the American dilemma redux 29
3 The persistence of race politics and the restraint of recovery in Katrina's wake 41
4 The real divide 63
5 Historicizing Katrina 71
6 Great migrations? 75
7 Loot or find : fact or frame? 87
8 While visions of deviance danced in their heads 111
9 From wrongs to rights : Hurricane Katrina from a global perspective 127
10 The station 147
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