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The Neoliberal DelugeHurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans$
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Cedric Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673247

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673247.001.0001

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The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones

Black Women in the Wake of Katrina

Chapter:
(p.300) Chapter 11 The Forgotten Ones
Source:
The Neoliberal Deluge
Author(s):

Avis Jones-Deweever

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673247.003.0011

This chapter examines the gendered experience of disaster and recovery from the perspective of black women in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing on field research and interviews with women in south Louisiana and Mississippi, the chapter argues that women often experience decreased economic capacity, heightened exposure to violence, and sexual assault in the aftermath of disaster and decreased mobility due to caregiving responsibilities. Women disaster survivors must also confront policy practices that privilege patriarchal family structures and the economic reintegration of men in reconstruction efforts. This chapter thus highlights women’s increased vulnerability in the face of natural disasters while determining the extent to which the experiences of those women impacted by Katrina align with the experiences of women around the world impacted by disasters in their homelands.

Keywords:   recovery, black women, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, violence, sexual assault, caregiving, economic reintegration, reconstruction, natural disasters

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