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The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans

Cedric Johnson

Abstract

Katrina was not just a hurricane. The death, destruction, and misery wreaked on New Orleans cannot be blamed on nature’s fury alone. This volume locates the root causes of the 2005 disaster squarely in neoliberal restructuring and examines how pro-market reforms are reshaping life, politics, economy, and the built environment in New Orleans. Chapters argue that human agency and public policy choices were more at fault for the devastation and mass suffering experienced along the Gulf Coast than were sheer forces of nature. The harrowing images of flattened homes, citizens stranded on rooftops, ... More

Keywords: gender, New Orleans, philanthropy, public policy, Gulf Coast, labor rights, racial justice, disaster capitalism, Hurricane Katrina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816673247
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673247.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cedric Johnson, editor