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Citation

Fussell E. Am. Behav. Sci. 2015; 59(10): 1231-1245.

Affiliation

Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2015, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0002764215591181

PMID

26880853

PMCID

PMC4752119

Abstract

Hurricane Katrina created a catastrophe in the city of New Orleans when the storm surge caused the levee system to fail on August 29, 2005. The destruction of housing displaced hundreds of thousands of residents for varying lengths of time, often permanently. It also revealed gaps in our knowledge of how population is recovered after a disaster causes widespread destruction of urban infrastructure, housing and workplaces, and how mechanisms driving housing recovery often produce unequal social, spatial and temporal population recovery. In this article, I assemble social, spatial and temporal explanatory frameworks for housing and population recovery and then review research on mobility - both evacuation and migration - after Hurricane Katrina. The review reveals a need for a comprehensive social, spatial and temporal framework for explaining inequality in population recovery and displacement. It also shows how little is known about in-migrants and permanent out-migrants after a disaster.


Language: en

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