Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina

ISBN-10: 0822354497
ISBN-13: 9780822354499
Edition: 2013
Authors: Vincanne Adams
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Description: Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faithis an ethnographic account of long-term recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans. It is also a sobering exploration of the privatization of vital social services under market-driven governance. In the wake of Hurricane  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faithis an ethnographic account of long-term recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans. It is also a sobering exploration of the privatization of vital social services under market-driven governance. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, public agencies subcontracted disaster relief to private companies that turned the humanitarian work of recovery into lucrative business. These enterprises profited from the very suffering that they failed to ameliorate, producing a second-order disaster that exacerbated inequalities based on race and class and leaving residents to rebuild almost entirely on their own.Filled with the often desperate voices of residents who returned to New Orleans,Markets of Sorrow,Labors of Faithdescribes the human toll of disaster capitalism and the affect economy it has produced. While for-profit companies delayed delivery of federal resources to returning residents, faith-based and non-profit groups stepped in to rebuild, compelled by the moral pull of charity and the emotional rewards of volunteer labor. Adams traces the success of charity efforts, even while noting an irony of neoliberalism, which encourages the very same for-profit companies to exploit these charities as another market opportunity. In so doing, the companies profit not once but twice on disaster.

It's Not about Katrina
The Making of a Disaster
"If This Could Happen to Us, It Could Happen to Anyone"
Navigating the Road Home
Getting to the Breaking Point
Faith in a Volunteer Recovery
Charity, Philanthrocapitalism, and the Affect Economy
Katrina as the Future
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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