"'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"--Publisher's website.
Introduction / Romain Huret -- "Two centuries of paradox" : the geography of New Orleans's African American population, from antebellum to postdiluvian times / Richard Campanella -- Explaining the unexplainable : Hurricane Katrina, FEMA, and the Bush administration / Romain Huret -- Picturing the catastrophe : news photographs in the first weeks after Katrina / Jean Kempf -- "Wilt thou judge the bloody city? Yea, thou shalt show her all her abominations" : Hurricane Katrina as a providential catastrophe / James Boyden -- Naturalizing disaster : neoliberalism, cultural racism, and depoliticization in the era of Katrina / Andrew Diamond -- Reformers, preservationists, patients, and planners : embodied histories and charitable populism in the post-disaster controversy over a public hospital / Anne M. Lovell -- The political economy of invisibility in twenty-first-century New Orleans : security, hospitality, and the post-disaster city / Thomas Jessen Adams -- Faith, hip-hop, and charity : brass-band morphology in post-Katrina New Orleans / Bruce Boyd Raeburn -- Memory lives in New Orleans : the process and politics of commemoration / Sara Le Menestrel -- Why Mardi Gras matters / Randy J. Sparks
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