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Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery

Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery

by Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Matthew L. Spialek


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Heartbreaking stories from survivors along the Texas Gulf Coast

Hurricane Harvey was one of the worst American natural disasters in recorded history. It ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, and left thousands of people homeless in its wake. In Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek offer first-hand accounts from survivors themselves, providing a rare, on-the-ground perspective of natural disaster recovery.

Drawing on interviews from more than 350 survivors, the authors trace the experiences of individuals and their communities, both rich and poor, urban and rural, white, Latinx, and Black, and how they navigated the long and difficult road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. From Corpus Christi to Galveston, they paint a vivid, compelling picture of heartache and destruction, as well as resilience and recovery, as survivors slowly begin rebuilding their lives and their communities.

An emotionally provocative read, Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath provides insight into how ordinary people experience and persevere through a disaster in an age of environmental vulnerability.

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ISBN-13: 9781479800759
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick is University Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Arkansas.

Matthew L. Spialek is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi

1 A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall 1

2 Who We Are 26

3 Every Picture Tells a Story 47

4 Anticipation 70

5 Who'll Stop the Rain? 92

6 After the Storm 115

7 Changes 140

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 169

References 175

Index 185

About the Authors 189

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