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Seeking Higher Ground: The Hurricane Katrina Crisis, Race, and Public Policy Reader [NOOK Book]

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Hurricane Katrina of August-September 2005, one of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history, dramatically illustrated the continuing racial and class inequalities of America. In this powerful reader, Seeking Higher Ground, prominent scholars and writers examine the racial impact of the disaster and the failure of governmental, corporate and private agencies to respond to the plight of the New Orleans black community. Contributing authors include Julianne Malveaux, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Ronald ...

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Overview

Hurricane Katrina of August-September 2005, one of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history, dramatically illustrated the continuing racial and class inequalities of America. In this powerful reader, Seeking Higher Ground, prominent scholars and writers examine the racial impact of the disaster and the failure of governmental, corporate and private agencies to respond to the plight of the New Orleans black community. Contributing authors include Julianne Malveaux, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Ronald Walters, Chester Hartman, Gregory D. Squires, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Alan Stein, and Gene Preuss. This reader is the second volume of the Souls Critical Black Studies Series, edited by Manning Marable, and produced by the institute for Research in African-American Studies of Columbia University.

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"Seeking Higher Ground thoroughly examines every angle of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and offers smart, damning critiques of how individual and societal prejudice turbaned a natural disaster into a man-made catastrophe. After more than two years, this book reminds us of all the work still left to be done."—Donna Brazile,

"This marvelous book is the most comprehensive and insightful examination of the most catastrophic event in recent American history."—Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230263109
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: Critical Black Studies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 717 KB

Meet the Author

Manning Marable

Manning Marable is Professor of History and Political Science and Director, Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University.

Kristen Clarke is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School and a civil rights attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Her work on race, law and democracy appears in numerous jourbanals, books and other publications.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Introduction: Seeking Higher Ground: Race, Public Policy and the Hurricane Katrina Crisis   Manning Marable     ix
Politics and Place
The New Orleans Mayoral Election: The Voting Rights Act and the Politics of Return and Rebuild   Ronald Walters     3
The New Orleans That Race Built: Racism, Disaster, and Urban Spatial Relationships   Darwin Bond Graham     17
Race-ing the Post-Katrina Political Landscape: An Analysis of the 2006 New Orleans Election   Kristen Clarke     33
Property and Security, Political Chameleons, and Dysfunctional Regime: A New Orleans Story   D. Osei Robertson     39
Hurricane Katrina as an Elaboration on an Ongoing Theme: Racialized Spaces in Louisiana   K. Animashaun Ducre     65
An Interview with Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle   Suzette M. Malveaux     75
Culture, Tradition, and Identity
New Orleans's African American Musical Traditions: The Spirit and Soul of a City   Michael White     87
Hero, Eulogist, Trickster, and Critic: Ritual and Crisis in Post-Katrina Mardi Gras   Chelsey Louise Kivland     107
(Re)Imagining Ethnicity in the City of New Orleans: Katrina's Geographical Allegory   Stephanie Houston Grey     129
The Rebuilding of a Tourist Industry: Immigrant LaborExploitation in the Post-Katrina Reconstruction of New Orleans   Loren Redwood     141
Race and Repression
"Do You Know What It Means...?": Mapping Emotion in the Aftermath of Katrina   Melissa Harris-Lacewell     153
Witness: The Racialized Gender Implications of Katrina   Kathleen A. Bergin     173
The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Race and Class Divide in America   Thomas J. Durant Jr.   Dawood Sultan     191
Katrina's Southern "Exposure": The Kanye Race Debate and the Repercussions of Discussion   Erica M. Czaja     203
Oral History, Folklore, and Katrina   Alan H. Stein   Gene B. Preuss     225
Reimagining the Past and Reconstructing the Future
What Happens When the Footprints Shrink: New Orleans and the End of Eminence   Julianne Malveaux     243
"The City I Used to...Visit": Tourist New Orleans and the Racialized Response to Hurricane Katrina   Lynell Thomas     255
The Social Construction of Disaster: New Orleans as the Paradigmatic American City   Chester Hartman   Gregory D. Squires     271
Are They Katrina's Kids or Ours? The Experience of Displaced New Orleans Students in Their New Schools and Communities   Kevin Michael Foster     295
Envisioning "Complete Recovery" as an Alternative to "Unmitigated Disaster"   Mindy Thompson Fullilove, et al.     303
About the Authors     312
Index     318
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