The Political and Cultural Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a post-disaster environment

The Political and Cultural Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a post-disaster environment

by Emily Chamlee-Wright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415778042

ISBN-13: 9780415778046

Pub. Date: 04/13/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In August 2005 the nation watched as Hurricane Katrina pummelled the Gulf Coast. Residents did not just suffer the personal costs of a home that had been severely damaged or destroyed; frequently they also lost their entire neighbourhood and the social systems that under normal circumstances made their lives "work". Katrina raised the questions of whether and how

Overview

In August 2005 the nation watched as Hurricane Katrina pummelled the Gulf Coast. Residents did not just suffer the personal costs of a home that had been severely damaged or destroyed; frequently they also lost their entire neighbourhood and the social systems that under normal circumstances made their lives "work". Katrina raised the questions of whether and how communities could solve the complex social coordination problems catastrophic disaster poses, and what inhibits them from doing so?

Professor Chamlee-Wright investigates not only the nature of post-disaster recovery, but the nature of the social order itself – how societies are able to achieve a level of complex social coordination that far exceeds our ability to design. By deploying the tools of both political economy and cultural economy, the book contributes to the bourgeoning literature on the social, political and economic impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Through a selection of case studies, the author argues that post-disaster resilience depends crucially upon the discovery that unfolds within commercial and civil society. The book will be of particular interest to postgraduate students and researchers in economics, sociology and anthropology as well as disaster specialists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415778046
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Series:
Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics Series, #12
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding the Sources of Resilience Part I: Theoretical Frame and Methodology 1. The Nature and Causes of Social Order as Seen Through Post-Disaster Recovery 2. Qualitative Methods and the Pursuit of Economic Understanding Part II: Deploying Socially Embedded Resources in a Post-Disaster Context 3. Collective Action in the Wake of Disaster: Social Capital Rebuilding Strategies of Early Returnees 4. Social Capital, Community Narratives, and Recovery Within a Vietnamese-American Neighborhood 5. Collective Narratives and Entrepreneurial Discovery in St. Bernard Parish 6. Negotiating Structure and Agency in the Ninth Ward: Sense of Place and Divine Purpose in Post Disaster Recovery Part III: Political -Economy and Social Learning in Non-Priced Environments 7. The Deleterious Effects of Signal Noise in Post-Disaster Recovery 8. Expectations Anchoring and the Civil Society Vacuum: Lessons for Public Policy 9. Concluding Remarks Part IV: Appendices Appendix A: Demographic Summaries of Research Subjects in Neighborhoods of Interest Appendix B: Sample Interview Guide Appendix C: Primary and Secondary Theme Codes

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