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

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

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Katrina was not just a hurricane. The death, destruction, and misery wreaked on New Orleans cannot be blamed on nature\u2019s fury alone. This volume of essays 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.The authors-a diverse group writing from the disciplines of sociology, political science, education, public policy, and media theory-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, patients dying in makeshift hospitals, and dead bodies floating in floodwaters exposed the moral and political contradictions of neoliberalism-the ideological rejection of the planner state and the active promotion of a new order of market rule.Many of these essays offer critical insights on the saga of postdisaster reconstruction. Challenging triumphal narratives of civic resiliency and universal recovery, the authors bring to the fore pitched battles over labor rights, gender and racial justice, gentrification, the development of city master plans, the demolition of public housing, policing, the privatization of public schools, and roiling tensions between tourism-based economic growth and neighborhood interests. The contributors also expand and deepen more conventional critiques of \u201cdisaster capitalism\u201d to consider how the corporate mobilization of philanthropy and public good will are remaking New Orleans in profound and pernicious ways. Contributors: Barbara L. Allen, Virginia Polytechnic U; John Arena, CUNY College of Staten Island; Adrienne Dixson, Ohio State U; Eric Ishiwata, Colorado State U; Avis Jones-Deweever, National Council of Negro Women; Chad Lavin, Virginia Polytechnic U; Paul Passavant, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Linda Robertson, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Chris Russill, Carleton U; Kanchana Ruwanpura, U of Southampton; Nicole Trujillo-Pag\u00e1n, Wayne State U; Geoffrey Whitehall, Acadia U.

About Author

Cedric Johnson is associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics (Minnesota, 2007).


Contents Preface: "Obama's Katrina" Cedric Johnson Introduction: The Neoliberal Deluge Cedric Johnson Part I. Governance 1. From Tipping Point to Metacrises: Management, Media, and Hurricane Katrina Chris Russill and Chad Lavin 2. "We Are Seeing People We Didn't Know Exist": Katrina and the Neoliberal Erasure of Race Eric Ishiwata 3. Making Citizens in Magnaville: Katrina Refugees and Neoliberal Self-Governance Geoffrey Whitehall and Cedric Johnson Part II. Urbanity 4. Mega-events, the Superdome, and the Return of the Repressed in New Orleans Paul Passavant 5. Whose Choice? A Critical Race Perspective on Charter Schools Adrienne Dixson 6. Black and White, Unite and Fight? Identity Politics and New Orleans's Post-Katrina Public Housing Movement John Arena Part III. Planning 7. Charming Accommodations: Progressive Urbanism Meets Privatization in Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation Cedric Johnson 8. Laboratorization and the "Green" Rebuilding of New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward Barbara L. Allen 9. Squandered Resources? Grounded Realities of Recovery in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka Kanchana Ruwanpura Part IV. Inequality 10. How Shall We Remember New Orleans? Comparing News Coverage of Post-Katrina New Orleans and the 2008 Midwest Floods Linda Robertson 11. The Forgotten Ones: Black Women in the Wake of Katrina Avis Jones-Deweever 12. Hazardous Constructions: Mexican Immigrant Masculinity and the Rebuilding of New Orleans Nicole Trujillo-Pagan Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780816673254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780816673254
  • ISBN10: 081667325X

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