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Title Displaced : life in the Katrina diaspora / edited by Lynn Weber and Lori Peek ; with Social Science Research Council Research Network on Persons Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 268 pages) : maps
Series The Katrina bookshelf
Katrina bookshelf.
Contents Documenting displacement : an introduction / Lynn Weber and Lori Peek -- The research network / Lynn Weber -- Receiving communities / introduction by Lee M. Miller. They call it "Katrina fatigue" : displaced families and discrimination in Colorado / Lori Peek ; The basement of extreme poverty : Katrina survivors and poverty programs / Laura Lein [and others] ; Living through displacement : housing insecurity among low-income evacuees / Jessica W. Pardee ; When demand exceeds supply : disaster response and the Southern political economy / Lynn Weber ; Katrina evacuee reception in rural East Texas : rethinking disaster "recovery" / Lee M. Miller ; Permanent temporariness : displaced children in Louisiana / Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek -- Social networks / introduction by Jacquelyn Litt. Help from family, friends, and strangers during Hurricane Katrina : finding the limits of social networks / Elizabeth Fussell ; "We need to get together with each other" : women's narratives of help in Katrina's displacement / Jacquelyn Litt ; The women of Renaissance village : from homes in New Orleans to a trailer park in Baker, Louisiana / Beverly J. Mason ; Twice removed : New Orleans Garifuna in the wake of Hurricane Katrina / Cynthia M. Garza ; After the flood : faith in the diaspora / Pamela Jenkins -- Charting a path forward / introduction by Lynn Weber. Community organizing in the Katrina diaspora : race, gender, and the case of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund / Rachel E. Luft
Summary Hurricane Katrina forced the largest and most abrupt displacement in U.S. history. About 1.5 million people evacuated from the Gulf Coast preceding Katrinas 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 to Displaced have 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. Displaced reveals 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Disaster relief -- Social aspects -- United States.
Disaster victims -- United States -- Social conditions.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects.
Internally displaced persons -- United States -- Social conditions.
Refugees -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
Author Peek, Lori A.
Weber, Lynn.
Social Science Research Council (U.S.). Research Network on Persons Displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
LC no. 2011048526
ISBN 0292735782 (electronic bk.)
9780292735781 (electronic bk.)