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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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Grounded Realities of Recovery in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

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The Neoliberal Deluge
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Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673247.003.0009

This chapter examines the geographies of resettlement and reconstruction in Sri Lankan communities following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It first considers the similarities between Sri Lanka and the United States, particularly the city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in terms of disaster recovery and reconstruction. It then argues that community concerns and anxieties regarding the politico-economic realities of displacement and resettlement in Sri Lanka were articulated against prevailing fault-lines of war and inequality, citing the potential relocation of affected families to the interior of the country. With an eye toward the lessons that might be shared with the U.S. Gulf Coast, the chapter suggests that keen attention to local conditions and structural inequalities is vital for rebuilding disaster-torn communities.

Keywords:   resettlement, reconstruction, Sri Lanka, tsunami, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, disaster recovery, displacement, relocation, rebuilding

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