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Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective.

By: Huret, Romain.
Contributor(s): Sparks, Randy J | Boyden, James M | Campanella, Richard | Raeburn, Bruce Boyd | Adams, Thomas.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (211 p.).ISBN: 9780807158449.Subject(s): Collective memory -- Louisiana -- New Orleans | Disasters -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 21st century | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Public opinion | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans | New Orleans (La.) -- Geography | New Orleans (La.) -- Public opinionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic PerspectiveDDC classification: 976.3/35064 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; "Two Centuries of Paradox": The Geography of New Orleans's African American Population, from Antebellum to Postdiluvian Times; Explaining the Unexplainable: Hurricane Katrina, FEMA, and the Bush Administration; Picturing the Catastrophe: News Photographs in the First Weeks after Katrina; "Wilt Thou Judge the Bloody City? Yea, Thou Shalt Show Her All Her Abominations": Hurricane Katrina as a Providential Catastrophe; Naturalizing Disaster: Neoliberalism, Cultural Racism, and Depoliticization in the Era of Katrina
Reformers, Preservationists, Patients, and Planners: Embodied Histories and Charitable Populism in the Post-Disaster Controversy over a Public HospitalThe Political Economy of Invisibility in Twenty-First-Century New Orleans: Security, Hospitality, and the Post-Disaster City; Faith, Hip-Hop, and Charity: Brass-Band Morphology in Post-Katrina New Orleans; Memory Lives in New Orleans: The Process and Politics of Commemoration; Why Mardi Gras Matters; Contributors
Summary: "There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster," writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events surrounding and the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national response to it. In Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective, American and European scholars approach this infamous storm and its aftermath through a variety of disciplines, from music to geography to anthropology, creating a nuanced understanding of how society reacts to and later remembers times of disaster.Richard Campanella and Romain Huret examine the particular geographical and political mix that set the stage for Katrina's devastation, especially among the poorest populations of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Jean Kempf, James Boyden, Andrew Diamond, and Thomas Jessen Adams address the ideological biases and racial stereotypes that infused local and national commentary in the days and weeks after the storm. Finally, Bruce Raeburn, Sara Le Menestrel, Anne M. Lovell, and Randy J. Sparks explore the impact of this powerful tropical event on the city's institutions and cultural organizations.Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective offers a profound and innovative collection of insights on one of the most significant environmental catastrophes in U.S. history, forcing us to examine the cultural actors that transformed a natural disaster into a humanitarian crisis.
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; "Two Centuries of Paradox": The Geography of New Orleans's African American Population, from Antebellum to Postdiluvian Times; Explaining the Unexplainable: Hurricane Katrina, FEMA, and the Bush Administration; Picturing the Catastrophe: News Photographs in the First Weeks after Katrina; "Wilt Thou Judge the Bloody City? Yea, Thou Shalt Show Her All Her Abominations": Hurricane Katrina as a Providential Catastrophe; Naturalizing Disaster: Neoliberalism, Cultural Racism, and Depoliticization in the Era of Katrina

Reformers, Preservationists, Patients, and Planners: Embodied Histories and Charitable Populism in the Post-Disaster Controversy over a Public HospitalThe Political Economy of Invisibility in Twenty-First-Century New Orleans: Security, Hospitality, and the Post-Disaster City; Faith, Hip-Hop, and Charity: Brass-Band Morphology in Post-Katrina New Orleans; Memory Lives in New Orleans: The Process and Politics of Commemoration; Why Mardi Gras Matters; Contributors

"There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster," writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events surrounding and the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national response to it. In Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective, American and European scholars approach this infamous storm and its aftermath through a variety of disciplines, from music to geography to anthropology, creating a nuanced understanding of how society reacts to and later remembers times of disaster.Richard Campanella and Romain Huret examine the particular geographical and political mix that set the stage for Katrina's devastation, especially among the poorest populations of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Jean Kempf, James Boyden, Andrew Diamond, and Thomas Jessen Adams address the ideological biases and racial stereotypes that infused local and national commentary in the days and weeks after the storm. Finally, Bruce Raeburn, Sara Le Menestrel, Anne M. Lovell, and Randy J. Sparks explore the impact of this powerful tropical event on the city's institutions and cultural organizations.Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective offers a profound and innovative collection of insights on one of the most significant environmental catastrophes in U.S. history, forcing us to examine the cultural actors that transformed a natural disaster into a humanitarian crisis.

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<p>Romain Huret is professor of American history at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. He is the author of American Tax Resisters.</p> <p>Randy J. Sparks is professor of history at Tulane University. He is the author of several books, most recently The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey and Where the Negroes Are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade.</p>

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