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DescriptionThe Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe , by David L. Brunsma, David Overfelt, and J. Steven Picou, eds. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2007
BOOK REVIEW ESSAY
After Katrina: A Second Generation of Books
(1) The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe , by David
L. Brunsma, David Overfelt, and J. Steven Picou, eds. Rowman & Littlefield,
Lanham, MD, 2007. 288 pp. $29.95
(2) Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States , by Kristin
A. Bates and Richelle S. Swan, eds. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC,
2007. 440 pp. $40.00
(3) Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane
Katrina , by Hillary Potter, ed. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2007. 320 pp.
For 2 years after Hurricane Katrina left a city and a region in tatters,
most writing on the storm consisted of journalistic description and critical
essays. The most sociologically relevant of the few book-length works included
three collected volumes, published between late 2005 and early fall 2006:
Katrina: Rights and Responsibilities , edited by John Brown Childs; After the
Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina , edited
by David Dante Troutt; and There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster:
Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina , edited by Chester Hartman and Gregory
D. Squires. These anthologies pulled together the small amounts of available
information and their primary contribution was to frame elements of the disaster
with historical background and political interpretation. These volumes from
the first generation helped to contextualize the events and carry us over to the
Now, in the third year since Katrina made landfall, we are witnessing the
emergence of a body of social scientific scholarship that is based on data and
draws more systematically from theory and literature. This second generation of
sense making ...
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