Since Hurricane Katrina, grassroots social justice activists in New Orleans have organized for a just reconstruction. This research maps two generations of movement response to Katrina. The first was directed at the immediate conditions following the hurricane, especially post-disaster policy. The second targets the broader social problems that turned the hurricane into a disaster. Three emergent movement orientations characterize the second generation of movement activity: a social constructionist approach that rejects disaster exceptionalism, a strategic synthesis of service provision and community organizing, and a human rights framework. Hurricane Gustav, which struck Louisiana in 2008, was the first significant storm threat to the region since 2005. It is used as a case study to demonstrate the way in which the three emergent orientations inform a new disaster action repertoire. The analysis is based on three and a half years of participant observation, interviews, and movement literature.


Additional Information

Print ISSN
pp. 499-527
Launched on MUSE
Open Access
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.