Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina : Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina : Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

Description

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs. Questions linger: What went wrong? Can it happen again? Is our government equipped to plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter? Racial disparities exist in disaster response, cleanup, rebuilding, reconstruction, and recovery. Race plays out in natural disaster survivors' ability to rebuild, replace infrastructure, obtain loans, and locate temporary and permanent housing. Generally, low-income and people of color disaster victims spend more time in temporary housing, shelters, trailers, mobile homes, and hotels - and are more vulnerable to permanent displacement. Some 'temporary' homes have not proved to be that temporary. In exploring the geography of vulnerability, this book asks why some communities get left behind economically, spatially, and physically before and after disasters strike.


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Details

Author(s)
Robert D. Bullard, Beverly Wright
Format
Paperback | 312 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 431g
Publication date
24 Feb 2009
Publisher
Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint
Westview Press Inc
Publication City/Country
Boulder, CO, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, maps
ISBN10
0813344247
ISBN13
9780813344249
Bestsellers rank
1,699,242