January 8, 2009

There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster

This book explains how and why natural events like Hurricane Katrina also become social catastrophes. While the storm and flooding were devastating to New Orleans, the social inequalities and racism that existed in the city at the time caused the poor and people of color to suffer disproportionately. This collection of essays shows the complex and multifaceted social implications of natural disasters in urban areas. It also offers suggestions for urban planning, politics, and future development in New Orleans and other places where people are victims of nature and social structures.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina
ed. by Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires
HV 636 .L8 T44 2006