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Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina

Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina

Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
February 2009
Trade Paperback · 312 Pages
$37.00 U.S. · $42.99 CAN · £24.99 U.K. · €26.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813344249

 

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Description

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs. Questions linger: What went wrong? Can it happen again? Is our government equipped to plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter?
Racial disparities exist in disaster response, cleanup, rebuilding, reconstruction, and recovery. Race plays out in natural disaster survivors’ ability to rebuild, replace infrastructure, obtain loans, and locate temporary and permanent housing. Generally, low-income and people of color disaster victims spend more time in temporary housing, shelters, trailers, mobile homes, and hotels—and are more vulnerable to permanent displacement. Some “temporary” homes have not proved to be that temporary. In exploring the geography of vulnerability, this book asks why some communities get left behind economically, spatially, and physically before and after disasters strike.
Robert D. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He is the author of twelve books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, and smart growth. His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field and he is often considered the “father” of the environmental justice movement.
Beverly Wright is a sociologist and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) at Dillard University (formerly at Xavier University of Louisiana) in New Orleans. She is a leading scholar, advocate, and activist in the environmental justice arena. She served on the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights for the state of Louisiana and to the city of New Orleans' Select Committee for the Sewerage and Water Board. She is co-chair of the National Black Environmental Justice Network and the Environmental Justice Climate Change (EJCC) Initiative. Her most recent publications are In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster, and Race After Katrina (Russell Sage Foundation 2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987–2007 (United Church of Christ 2007). She is a native of New Orleans and a survivor of Hurricane Katrina.

About the Authors

Robert D. Bullard is Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Often considered the “father” of the environmental justice movement, he is the author of Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000).
Beverly Wright is a sociologist and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans. A New Orleans native and Hurricane Katrina survivor, she is the author of In the Wake of the Storm (2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty (2007).