Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora

Paperback | June 1, 2012

EditorLynn Weber, Lori Peek

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Hurricane Katrina forced the largest and most abrupt displacement in U.S. history. About 1.5 million people evacuated from the Gulf Coast preceding Katrina’s 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.

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Hurricane Katrina forced the largest and most abrupt displacement in U.S. history. About 1.5 million people evacuated from the Gulf Coast preceding Katrina’s 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 ...

Lynn Weber, Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, has for thirty years been a leader in developing the field of intersectionality—examining the nexus between race, class, gender, and other dimensions of social inequality. Her current work focuses on revealing inequalitie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.01 × 6.03 × 0.69 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292737645

ISBN - 13:9780292737648

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ForewordBonnie Thornton DillAcknowledgments1. Documenting Displacement: An IntroductionLynn Weber and Lori Peek2. The Research NetworkLynn WeberSection I. Receiving Communities and Persons Displaced by Hurricane KatrinaIntroduction by Lee M. Miller3. They Call It "Katrina Fatigue": Displaced Families and Discrimination in ColoradoLori Peek4. The Basement of Extreme Poverty: Katrina Survivors and Poverty ProgramsLaura Lein, Ron Angel, Julie Beausoleil, and Holly Bell5. Living through Displacement: Housing Insecurity among Low-Income EvacueesJessica W. Pardee6. When Demand Exceeds Supply: Disaster Response and the Southern Political EconomyLynn Weber7. Katrina Evacuee Reception in Rural East Texas: Rethinking Disaster "Recovery"Lee M. Miller8. Permanent Temporariness: Displaced Children in LouisianaAlice Fothergill and Lori PeekSection II. Social Networks among Katrina's DisplacedIntroduction by Jacquelyn Litt9. Help from Family, Friends, and Strangers during Hurricane Katrina: Finding the Limits of Social NetworksElizabeth Fussell10. "We need to get together with each other": Women's Narratives of Help in Katrina's DisplacementJacquelyn Litt11. The Women of Renaissance Village: From Homes in New Orleans to a Trailer Park in Baker, LouisianaBeverly J. Mason12. Twice Removed: New Orleans Garifuna in the Wake of Hurricane KatrinaCynthia Garza13. After the Flood: Faith in the DiasporaPamela JenkinsSection III. Charting a Path ForwardIntroduction by Lynn Weber14. Community Organizing in the Katrina Diaspora: Race, Gender, and the Case of the People's Hurricane Relief FundRachel E. LuftAuthor BiosIndex