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There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster

Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina

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There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster
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There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster is the first comprehensive critical book on the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. The disaster will go down on record as one of the worst in American history, not least because of the government's inept and cavalier response. But it is also a huge story for other reasons; the impact of the hurricane was uneven, and race and class were deeply implicated in the unevenness. Hartman and. Squires assemble two dozen critical scholars and activists who present a multifaceted portrait of the social implications of the disaster. The book covers the response to the disaster and the roles that race and class played, its impact on housing and redevelopment, the historical context of urban disasters in America and the future of economic development in the region. It offers strategic guidance for key actors - government agencies, financial institutions, neighbourhood organizations - in efforts to rebuild shattered communities.

Author Biography

Chester Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC. Gary Squires is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at George Washington University.
Release date NZ
November 30th, 2006
Contributors
Edited by Chester Hartman Edited by Gregory Squires
Illustrations
9 Illustrations, black and white
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Dimensions
152x229x21
ISBN-13
9780415954877
Product ID
2251048

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