SSRC's "Understanding Katrina: Perspectives from the Social Sciences" (Public List)
A collection of essays published shortly after Hurricane Katrina and the resulting calamity for the region and country. The essays explore a wide range of topics:
Structures of vulnerability, including the race, class, gender, and age of those suffering most
Political projects that have distorted the pursuit of "homeland security"
Bias that has sent federal resources disproportionately to rural areas and suburbs rather than cities
Media coverage of the disaster
Response from the American public
Philanthropic and charitable responses
The physical infrastructure on which cities depend (and its vulnerabilities)
The relationship between the Iraq War for disaster preparedness and recovery
Problems of oil dependency and related infrastructures
Environmental policy and global warming, wetlands management, etc.
Costs of “privatization” and cuts in government capacity
Leadership at every level
Law enforcement and public order
Predicting "emergencies" and responding to predictions
The economic implications of catastrophic events
Comparisons: to the recent Asian tsunami, to 9/11 in New York, to earlier hurricane disasters in the U.S., etc
- J. Steven Picou (ed.), David Overfelt (ed.), David L. Brunsma (ed.), Russell Dynes, Havidán Rodríguez. "Finding and Framing Katrina: the Social Construction of Disaster." In The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe. D. L. Brunsma, D. Overfelt, and J. S. Picou (ed.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
- Bill Bytheway. The Evacuation of Older People: The Case of Hurricane Katrina. 2007/03/15.
- Lee Clarke. Worst Case Katrina. 2006/06/11.
- . Women and Girls Last? Averting the Second Post-Katrina Disaster . 2006/06/11.
- Nils Gilman. What Katrina Teaches about the Meaning of Racism. 2006/06/11.
- Marita Sturken. Weather Media and Homeland Security: Selling Preparedness in a Volatile World. 2006/06/11.
- Charles Perrow. Using Organizations: the Case of FEMA. 2006/06/11.
- Stephen Jackson. Un/Natural Disasters, Here and There. 2006/06/11.
- Joseph Scanlon. Two Cities, Two Evacuations: Some Thoughts on Moving People Out. 2006/06/11.
- Julie Sze. Toxic Soup Redux: Why Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Matter after Katrina. 2006/06/11.
- Neil Smith. There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster. 2006/06/11.
- Greg Bankroff. The Tale of the Three Pigs. 2006/06/11.
- Kathleen Tierney. The Red Pill. 2006/06/11.
- Susan L. Cutter. The Geography of Social Vulnerability: Race, Class and Catastrophe. 2006/06/11.
- Sarah Beth Kaufman. The Criminalization of New Orleanians in Katrina's Wake. 2006/06/11.
- David Alexander. Symbolic and Practical Interpretations of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster in New Orleans. 2006/06/11.
- Virginia Dominguez. Seeing and Not Seeing: Complicity in Surprise. 2006/06/11.
- Steven Lukes. Questions about Power: Lessons from the Louisiana Hurricane. 2006/06/11.
- James Jasper. Political Floodwaters. 2006/06/11.
- Scott Frickel. Our Toxic Gumbo: Recipe for a Politics of Environmental Knowledge. 2006/06/11.
- Monika Krause. New Orleans: The Public Sphere of the Disaster. 2006/06/11.
- Elizabeth Fussell. Leaving New Orleans: Social Stratification, Networks, and Hurricane Evacuation . 2006/06/11.
- Dorian T. Warren, Dara Z. Strolovitch, Paul Frymer. Katrina's Political Roots and Divisions: Race, Class, and Federalism in American Politics. 2006/06/11.
- Tricia Wachtendorf, James M. Kendra. Improvising Disaster in the City of Jazz: Organizational Response to Hurricane Katrina. 2006/06/11.
- Anthony Oliver-Smith. Disasters and Forced Migration in the 21st Century . 2006/06/11.
- Harvey Molotch. Death on the Roof: Race and Bureaucratic Failure. 2006/06/11.
- Stephen Graham. Cities Under Siege: Katrina and the Politics of Metropolitan America. 2006/06/11.
- Enrico Quarantelli. Catastrophes are Different from Disasters: Some Implications for Crisis Planning and Managing Drawn from Katrina. 2006/06/11.
- Jeanne S. Hurlbert, Valerie Haines, John Beggs. Bridges Over Troubled Waters: What are the Optimal Networks for Katrina’s Victims?. 2006/06/11.
- Alex DeWaal. An Imperfect Storm: Narratives of Calamity in a Liberal-Technocratic Age. 2006/06/11.
- Andrew Lakoff. From Disaster to Catastrophe: The Limits of Preparedness. 2006/06/10.