Displaced Life in the Katrina Diaspora

ISBN-10: 0292737645

ISBN-13: 9780292737648

Edition: 2012

Authors: Lynn Weber, Lori Peek

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Hurricane Katrina forced the largest and most abrupt displacement in U.S. history. About 1.5 million people evacuated from the Gulf Coast preceding Katrina's landfall. New Orleans, a city of 500,000, was nearly emptied of life after the hurricane and flooding. Katrina survivors eventually scattered across all fifty states, and tens of thousands still remain displaced. Some are desperate to return to the Gulf Coast but cannot find the means. Others have chosen to make their homes elsewhere. Still others found a way to return home but were unable to stay due to the limited availability of social services, educational opportunities, health care options, and affordable housing.The contributors toDisplacedhave been following the lives of Katrina evacuees since 2005. In this illuminating book, they offer the first comprehensive analysis of the experiences of the displaced. Drawing on research in thirteen communities in seven states across the country, the contributors describe the struggles that evacuees have faced in securing life-sustaining resources and rebuilding their lives. They also recount the impact that the displaced have had on communities that initially welcomed them and then later experienced "Katrina fatigue" as the ongoing needs of evacuees strained local resources.Displacedreveals that Katrina took a particularly heavy toll on households headed by low-income African American women who lost the support provided by local networks of family and friends. It also shows the resilience and resourcefulness of Katrina evacuees who have built new networks and partnered with community organizations and religious institutions to create new lives in the diaspora.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Lynn Weber, Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, has for thirty years been a leader in developing the field of intersectionality—examining the nexus between race, class, gender, and other dimensions of social inequality. Her current work focuses on revealing inequalities in the process of recovery from disaster and in health outcomes.

Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, also serves as Associate Chair of the Social Science Research Council Task Force on Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. She has published widely on vulnerable populations in disaster and is the author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11.

Documenting Displacement: An Introduction
The Research Network
Receiving Communities
They Call It "Katrina Fatigue": Displaced Families and Discrimination in Colorado
The Basement of Extreme Poverty: Katrina Survivors and Poverty Programs
Living through Displacement: Housing Insecurity among Low-Income Evacuees
When Demand Exceeds Supply: Disaster Response and the Southern Political Economy
Katrina Evacuee Reception in Rural East Texas: Rethinking Disaster "Recovery"
Permanent Temporariness: Displaced Children in Louisiana
Social Networks
Help from Family, Friends, and Strangers during Hurricane Katrina: Finding the Limits of Social Networks
"We need to get together with eachfother": Women's Narratives of Help in Katrina's Displacement
The Women of Renaissance Village: From Homes in New Orleans to a Trailer Park in Baker, Louisiana
Twice Removed: New Orleans Garifuna in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
After the Flood: Faith in the Diaspora
Charting A Path Forward
Community Organizing in the Katrina Diaspora: Race, Gender, and the Case of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund
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