The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe / Edition 1

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Overview

A second edition of this textbook is now available.

As a disaster, Hurricane Katrina logs in as both the most destructive and instructive when considering the cataclysmic effects, as well as the magnitude of knowledge, that can be drawn from it. This meteorological event became the stimulus for devastating technological failures and widespread toxic contamination, causing the largest internal diaspora of displaced people in recent U.S. history. This book brings together the nation's top sociological researchers in an effort to catalogue the modern catastrophe that is Hurricane Katrina. The chapters in this volume discuss sociological perspectives of disaster literature, provide alternative views and analyses of early post-storm data collection efforts, and examine emerging social questions that have surfaced in the aftermath of Katrina.

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Editorial Reviews

Book Review Essay - Professor Rachel E. Luft
The Sociology of Katrina is a data- and theory-driven collection, exhibiting the best of what sociology has to offer.
Natural Hazards Observer - November 2007
This book brings together the nation's top sociological researchers in an effort to catalogue the modern catastrophe that is Katrina. Included are discussions of sociological perspectives of disaster literature, alternative views and analyses of early post-storm data collection efforts, and emerging social questions that have surfaced in the aftermath of Katrina. All royalties from the sale of this book go to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Southern Sociological Society.
Steve Kroll-Smith
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck at the core of American society. The Sociology of Katrina is a an equally penetrating portrayal of its totalizing effects on people, places, and politics.
Raymond Murphy
This second edition constitutes further in depth learning from the most destructive collision in American history between nature's hazard and socially constructed vulnerability, knowledge that is essential as societies head toward more confrontations.
Craig Calhoun
The 'natural' disaster of Hurricane Katrina was also a major sociological event. Issues of who suffered most, the way damage was assessed, how response organized and the nature of the rebuilding effort were all shaped by social factors. This book gives an important overview, addressing concerns from the role of race and class in shaping impact to the role of religion in shaping response. It will be useful to students and researchers and should be read widely as Americans try to learn from the Katrina catastrophe.
Harvey Molotch
From so many vantage points come clear and well formulated descriptions and analyses of Katrina and the consequences — many of them dire — of this unnatural event. Anyone who wants to know about Katrina, or indeed disaster of any sort, needs to read this important and authoritative book.
Natural Hazards Observer
Praise for the first edition:

This book brings together the nation's top sociological researchers in an effort to catalogue the modern catastrophe that is Katrina. Included are discussions of sociological perspectives of disaster literature, alternative views and analyses of early post-storm data collection efforts, and emerging social questions that have surfaced in the aftermath of Katrina. All royalties from the sale of this book go to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Southern Sociological Society.

Solidarity
The book is a collection of papers presented at the 2006 Southern Sociological Society meeting in New Orleans, updated with new chapters added for this second edition in 2010.
Book Review Essay
The Sociology of Katrina is a data- and theory-driven collection, exhibiting the best of what sociology has to offer.
— Professor Rachel E. Luft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559301
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/5/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Brunsma is associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was the program chair and organizer for the 2006 Annual Meetings of the Southern Sociological Society held in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina. David Overfelt is a graduate of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of Sociologists Without Borders and focuses on the merging of academia and activism in his work as as a radical public sociologist. J. Steven Picou is professor of sociology and chair in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He has published numerous articles on environmental sociology, disasters, the sociology of risks, and applied sociology, and is undertaking several projects on the health risks associated with the long-term industrial and social impacts of Hurricane Katrina.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Finding and Framing Katrina: The Social Construction of Disaster Part 1 Section One: Framing Katrina: Context and Construction Chapter 2 Disaster as War: Militarism and the Social Construction of Disaster in New Orleans Part 2 Section Two: Experiencing Evacuation Part 3 Section Three: Ongoing Disaster: Reaction and Recovery Chapter 3 Crime and Hurricanes in New Orleans Part 4 Section Four: Post-Disaster Institutional Change Chapter 4 Families and Hurricane Response: Evacuation, Separation, and the Emotional Toll of Hurricane Katrina Chapter 5 Race, Class, and Capital Amidst The Hurricane Katrina Diaspora Part 5 Postscript; Considering Katrina Chapter 6 Understanding Community-Based Disaster Response: Houston's Religious Congregations and Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Chapter 7 After the Levees Broke: Reactions of College Students to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Chapter 8 Landscapes of Disaster and Place Orientation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Chapter 9 A Community Study of Disaster Impacts and Redevelopment Issues Facing East Biloxi, Mississippi 10 Rebuilding New Orleans Neighborhoods After Hurricane Katrina: Toward a Theory of Social Structure and Cultural Creativity Chapter 11 Hurricane Katrina and its Impact on Eduation Chapter 12 Health Needs, Health Care and Katrina Chapter 13 Reconstructing New Orleans After Katrina: The Emergence of an Immigrant Labor Market
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