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Hurricane Katrina: An Ongoing Catastrophe
A discussion on the short and long-term effects of Hurricane Katrina from a sociological perspective.
# 152698 | 2,450 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 19, 2013 in Political Science (U.S.) , Sociology (General)

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The paper discusses the failure of government agencies to respond to the storm and its aftermath in a way that provided displaced and devastated people, and especially the poor minorities of the region, even the most basic of human needs, food, water and shelter. The paper reveals that even years later, those who wish to return have nothing to go back to, as housing is still lacking, the economy has no place for them, and post disaster services have long run out. The paper points out the 3,450 families still living in FEMA trailers and addresses the value of a sociological perspective on a disaster like Katrina. This author also presents the hope that the extreme racist responses, both overt and covert, that occurred as a result of Katrina will serve as a lesson to those who believe that all such discrimination was a thing of the past.

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"Many like to look at the storm as a triumph for non-traditional social response, as the flood of private responses to the catastrophe were enormous as people all over the nation and the world really flooded the area with aide, in the form of the basics as well as to provide storm clean up and other services, (Rodriguez, Trainor, & Quarantelli, 2006, p. 82) that were seen as wholly lacking from civil agencies yet in reality the influx of assistance was short lived, and the repercussions of the storm are very long term. So, regardless of the fact that from a sociological point of view the nation responded in such a way, on an individual level that produces countless examples of touchy feely, back patting sort of national ideals the sustenance of these early responses have long sense dried up as the nation and its individuals turn to other more timely social needs. There is still a great deal of social disparity with regard to returning and eventually rebuilding in many communities in the area. After nearly 5 years the result is that those who have been unable to return and or rebuild for any number of reasons, a disproportionately poor and largely minority population, have simply had to get on with their lives elsewhere. (Bates & Green, 2009, p. 234)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bates, L. K., & Green, R. A. (2009). Racial Disparities in Pre and Post KAtrina New Orleans. In R. D. Bullard, Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (pp. 230-254). New York, NY: Westview Press.
  • Depoorter, B. (2006). Horizontal Political Externalities: The Supply and Demand of Disaster Management. Duke Law review , 56, pp. 101-134.
  • Dewan, S. (2008, June 7). Holdouts Test Aid's Limitations as FEMA Shuts a Trailer Park . New York Times , p.
  • Dewan, S. (2009, June 3). Katrina Victims Will Not Have to Vacate Trailers . New York Times , p.
  • Dewan, S. (2008, December 4). Many Children Lack Stability Long After Storm . New York Times , p.

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