Katrina's Imprint highlights the power of this sentinel American event and its continuing reverberations in contemporary politics, culture, and public policy. Published on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the multidisciplinary volume reflects on how history, location, access to transportation, health care, and social position feed resilience, recovery, and prospects for the future of New Orleans and the Gulf region. Essays examine the intersecting vulnerabilities that gave rise to the disaster, explore the cultural and psychic legacies of the storm, reveal how the process of rebuilding and starting over replicates past vulnerabilities, and analyze Katrina's imprint alongside American's myths of self-sufficiency. A case study of new weaknesses that have emerged in our era, this book offers an argument for why we cannot wait for the next disaster before we apply the lessons that should be learned from Katrina.
About the Author
KEITH WAILOO is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University, and the author and editor of several books, among them Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health.
KAREN M. O'NEILL is a sociologist and associate professor of human ecology at Rutgers University, and the author of Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U.S. Flood Control.
JEFFREY DOWD is a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology department at Rutgers University.
ROLAND V. ANGLIN is the director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation (IRCT) at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Katrina's Imprint Keith Wailoo Karen M. O'Neill Jeffrey Dowd 1
Part 1 The Tangled Logic of Vulnerability
1 Who Sank New Orleans? How Engineering the River Created Environmental Injustice Karen M. O'Neill 9
2 Invisible Tethers: Transportation and Discrimination in the Age of Katrina Mia Bay 21
3 A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America Keith Wailoo 34
4 The Ship of State: Framing an Understanding of Federalism and the Perfect Disaster Roland Anglin 45
Part 2 Cultural and Psychic Legacies
5 Seeing Katrina's Dead Ann Fabian 59
6 Second-Lining the Jazz City: Jazz Funerals, Katrina, and the Reemergence of New Orleans Richard Mizelle Jr. 69
7 Racism, Trauma, and Resilience: The Psychological Impact of Katrina Nancy Boyd-Franklin 78
8 The Haunted Houses of New Orleans: Gothic Homelessness and African American Experience Evie Shockley 95
Part 3 "Starting Over" in Post-Katrina America
9 Rebroadcasting Katrina: Blame, Vulnerability, and Post-2005 Disaster Commentary Keith Wailoo Jeffrey Dowd 117
10 Protecting Our Assets: Private and Public Responses to Katrina John R. Aiello Lyra Stein 135
11 The Labor Market Impact of Natural Disasters William M. Rodgers III 154
12 The Katrina Diaspora: Dislocation and the Reproduction of Segregation and Employment Inequality Nikt T. Dickerson 169
Part 4 Tragedy, Recovery, and Myth
13 Katrina and the Myth of Self-Sufficiency David Dante Troutt 183
14 Race, Vulnerability, and Recovery Keith Wailoo Karen M. O'Neill Jeffrey Dowd 192
Notes on Contributors 197