Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective

Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective

by Romain Huret
     
 

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"There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster," writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events surrounding and the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national

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"There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster," writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events surrounding and the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national response to it. In Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective, American and European scholars approach this infamous storm and its aftermath through a variety of disciplines, from music to geography to anthropology, creating a nuanced understanding of how society reacts to and later remembers times of disaster.

Richard Campanella and Romain Huret examine the particular geographical and political mix that set the stage for Katrina's devastation, especially among the poorest populations of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Jean Kempf, James Boyden, Andrew Diamond, and Thomas Jessen Adams address the ideological biases and racial stereotypes that infused local and national commentary in the days and weeks after the storm. Finally, Bruce Raeburn, Sara Le Menestrel, Anne M. Lovell, and Randy J. Sparks explore the impact of this powerful tropical event on the city's institutions and cultural organizations.

Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective offers a profound and innovative collection of insights on one of the most significant environmental catastrophes in U.S. history, forcing us to examine the cultural actors that transformed a natural disaster into a humanitarian crisis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807158432
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2014
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
485,295
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Kevin Rosario
"This lively collection of essays moves breezily through a variety of topics — local geography, disaster management policies, race relations, urban development, the economics of tourism, expressive culture, and religion — to build a rich and convincing account of the structural conditions that turned Hurricane Katrina into such a devastating, and enduring, disaster for minorities and the poor. The volume showcases the merits of an international perspective and an interdisciplinary approach for anyone who wishes to understand one of the most significant catastrophes in recent times." — Kevin Rosario, author of The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America

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