Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina

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Hillary Potter
Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2007 - Social Science - 314 pages
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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit land and gravely affected the lives of many people in the states along the Gulf Coast. Katrina went beyond demonstrating the devastating natural effects of a hurricane by exposing the continuing significance of race relations and racial stereotyping in U.S. society.Racing the Storm serves to highlight the race-based perceptions of and responses to Katrina survivors by governmental entities, volunteers, the media, and the general public. Scholars from a variety of disciplines take on the task of analyzing the social phenomena and racial implications surrounding Hurricane Katrina.
  

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Contents

Making Sense of a Hurricane Social Identity and Attribution Explanations of RaceRelated Differences in Katrina
3
The Colors of Crisis How Race Rumor and Collective Memory Shape the Legacy of Katrina
33
Refraining Crime in a Disaster Perception Reality and Criminalization of Survival Tactics among African Americans in the Aftermath of Katrina
51
Cultural Differences in Perceptions of the Government and the Legal System Hurricane Katrina Highlights What Has Been There All Along
67
CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
93
From Gateway to the Americas to the Chocolate City The Racialization of Latinos in New Orleans
95
Saxophones Trumpets and Hurricanes The Cultural Restructuring of New Orleans
115
Prayer and Social Welfare in the Wake of Katrina Race and Volunteerism in Disaster Response
135
Blown Away US Militarism and Hurricane Katrina
197
Spectacular Privatizations Perceptions and Lessons from Privatization of Warfare and the Privatization of Disaster
225
Running Faster Next Time Blacks and Homeland Security
247
Conclusion
261
Appendix 11
267
Appendix 12
275
Bibliography
279
Index
305

CITIZENSHIP POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES
155
Stipulations A Typology of Citizenship in the United States After Katrina
157
Protect or Neglect? Social Structure Decision Making and the Risk of Living in African American Places in New Orleans
171
Contributors
309
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Hillary Potter, PhD, is assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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