Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Sociology of Disasters

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This book explores how social, economic and political factors set the stage for Hurricane Andrew by influencing who was prepared, who was hit the hardest, and who was most likely to recover. Employing unique research data the authors analyze the consequences of conflict and competition on disaster preparation, response and recovery, especially where associated with race, ethnicity and gender.

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Editorial Reviews

A dozen perspectives on how Miami prepared for, coped with, and responded to the August 1992 hurricane that severely damaged or destroyed most public buildings and rendered nearly 50,000 private residences uninhabitable. Questioning the assumption that the damage and recovery in such disasters are a function of the strength of the agent, they explore the social, economic, and political forces that influenced who was prepared, who was hit the hardest, and who was most likely to recover. They apply quantitative and qualitative methods to data gathered since the storm to analyze the consequences of conflict and competition, especially along familiar lines of race, ethnicity, and gender. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415168113
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
1 Disaster in the First Person 1
2 Social Systems, Ecological Networks and Disasters: Toward a Socio-Political Ecology of Disasters 20
3 Before the Storm: The Socio-Political Ecology of Miami 36
4 Warning and Evacuation: A Night for Hard Houses 52
5 Crisis Decision Making and Management 75
6 Coping in a Temporary Way: The Tent Cities 92
7 A Gendered Perspective: The Voices of Women 116
8 Stretching the Bonds: The Families of Andrew 141
9 Ethnic and Racial Inequalities in Hurricane Damage and Insurance Settlements 171
10 Ethnicity and Segregation: Post-Hurricane Relocation 191
11 And the Poor Get Poorer: A Neglected Black Community 206
12 Disasters and Social Change: Hurricane Andrew and the Reshaping of Miami? 226
App Hurricane Andrew research projects 243
Bibliography 251
Name index 268
Subject index 272
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