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Overview

The second edition of The Sociology of Katrina brings together the nation's top sociological researchers in an effort to deepen our understanding of the modern catastrophe that was Hurricane Katrina. Five years after the storm, its profound impact continues to be felt.

This new edition explores emerging themes, as well as ongoing issues that continue to besiege survivors. The book has been updated and revised throughout, and the contributors thoroughly review the important topic of recovery-both in New Orleans and in the wider area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This revised edition also features a new chapter focused on the Katrina experience for people in the primary impact area, or "ground zero," five years after the storm.

From this important update of the acclaimed first edition, it is apparent that "the storm is not over," as Katrina continues to generate political, economic, community, and personal controversy.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442206274
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 803,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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

List of Figures xi

List of Tables xiii

Foreword Kai Erikson xvii

Preface to the First Edition David L. Brunsma xxi

Preface to the Second Edition David L. Brunsma J. Steven Picou xxiii

Introduction: Katrina as Paradigm Shift: Reflections on Disaster Research in the Twenty-First Century J. Steven Picou David L. Brunsma David Overfelt 1

Part I Framing Katrina: Context and Construction

1 Finding and Framing Katrina: The Social Construction of Disaster Russell R. Dynes Havidán Rodríguez 25

2 Disaster as War: Militarism and the Social Construction of Disaster in New Orleans Kathleen Tierney Christine A. Bevc 37

3 Crime and Hurricanes in New Orleans Kelly Frailing Dee Wood Harper 55

Part II Experiencing Evacuation

4 Families and Hurricane Response: Risk, Roles, Resources, Race, and Religion: A Framework for Understanding Family Evacuation Strategies, Stress, and Return Migration Timothy J. Haney James R. Elliott Elizabeth Fussell 77

5 Race, Class, and Capital amidst the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora John Barnshaw Joseph Trainor 103

6 Understanding Community-Based Disaster Response: Houston's Religious Congregations and Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Emily Holcombe 119

Part III Ongoing Disaster: Reaction and Recovery

7 Community Recovery from Hurricane Katrina: Storm Experiences, Property Damage, and the Human Condition Christine A. Bevc Keith Nicholls J. Steven Picou 135

8 After the Levees Broke: Reactions of College Students to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Kris Macomber Sarah E. Rusche Delmar Wright 157

9 Landscapes of Disaster and Place Orientation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina DeMond Shondell Miller Jason David Rivera 177

10 Using Research to Inform and Build Capacity among Community-Based Organizations: Four Years of Gulf Coast Recovery following Hurricane Katrina Anna M. Kleiner John J. Green JoLynn P. Montgomery Dana Thomas 191

11 Rebuilding New Orleans Neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina: Toward a Theory of Social Structure and Cultural Creativity George E. Capowich Marcus M. Kondkar 207

Part IV Postdisaster Institutional Change

12 Disaster Impacts on Education: Hurricane Katrina and the Adaptation and Recovery of New Orleans-Area Colleges and Universities Lisa A. Eargle Ashraf M. Esmail Shyamal K. Das 227

13 Heath Needs, Health Care, and Katrina Nancy G. Kutner 251

14 Immigration, Reconstruction, and Settlement: Hurricane Katrina and the Emergence of Immigrant Communities Katharine M. Donato Nicole Trujillo-Pagán Carl L. Bankston III Audrey Singer 265

Postscript: Considering Katrina Lee Clarke 291

Appendix Tables 299

References 301

Index 341

About the Editors and Contributors 355

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