Two years after Hurricane Katrina crippled the Gulf Coast, the storm is still generating discussion on both the physical and social damages it caused. A new book released today focuses on restoring families and communities to “relative well-being,” reestablishing social structure and using the experience of Katrina to help plan for future disasters, according to an MU news release.
David Brunsma, an associate professor of sociology at MU, edited and helped compile the 13 essays. Researchers from around the nation contributed works that examine the disaster and consequences of the storm. Much of Brunsma’s work focuses on racial identity and critical race theories as well as social and racial injustices.
The U.S. Government’s response time to Hurricane Katrina has been heavily criticized since the storm hit. In 2006 the American Journal of Public Health examined the social disaster that echoed Hurricane Katrina. The study featured a poll that showed that 61% of 680 evacuees interviewed said that the government “doesn’t care about people like them.”