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Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Paperback – February 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0813344249 ISBN-10: 0813344247 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 1 edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813344247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344249
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This heavily researched and annotated collection of essays on the “geography of vulnerability” as found in the aftermath of Katrina is an overwhelming analysis of a microcosm of American society. Written by experts in environmental justice, land-use policy, and political science, it addresses everything from transportation infrastructure to social inequality and urban development. Although academic in style, it carries emotional weight. The numbers alone are powerful, as the years of societal neglect for lower-income residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are laid bare. From quoting a misguided congressman who believes that all living in rural areas are farmers to the pathetically inadequate evacuation plan for one of the largest and most vulnerable cities in the country, the authors each have a distinct focus which together provide a cohesive look at how so many things went wrong after the catastrophe and how those errors were years in the making. With solid, fact-based conclusions, responsible recommendations, and chapters on rebuilding efforts, this title should serve as a textbook for today’s urban planners.

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“There have been many books written about Hurricane Katrina but none has the range and power of Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina. Bullard, Wright, and the contributors cover all the issues: the pre-existing social and environmental injustices, the lack of preparation for disaster, and the skewed political and economic structure that made sure that Katrina’s wrath would be felt most sharply in low-income communities of color. But most significantly, they offer one of the most detailed, analytical, and rigorous looks at the aftermath: the toxic soup left behind, the economic, physical and social challenges of rebuilding, and the shifting demographics and politics of New Orleans. This is a must-read for anyone concerned with the devastating effects Katrina had on Louisiana and the nation, and a worthy anchor text for courses on environmental justice, social inequality, and the American future.”
—Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California






“Race, Place, and Environmental Justice reveals how the political disasters confronting New Orleans before Katrina and in the rebuilding process afterwards wreaked far more damage on the city than the storm itself, a context that unfortunately prevails in virtually every major US city.”
—Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University





“The natural disaster of Katrina played out across a social landscape of racial injustice and savage inequality. Bullard and Wright have assembled a fascinating set of pioneering works on the antecedents, the storm, and the aftermath, providing key lessons for rebuilding New Orleans and our broader society. A major contribution to our understanding of who suffers from so- called natural disasters and how to recover.”
—J. Timmons Roberts, The College of William and Mary





“Anyone seriously studying Katrina's impact must read Professors Bullard and Wright. This book is a gem.”
—William Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans




“This heavily researched and annotated collection of essays on the ‘geography of vulnerability’ as found in the aftermath of Katrina is an overwhelming analysis of a microcosm of American society. Written by experts in environmental justice, land-use policy, and political science, it addresses everything from transportation infrastructure to social inequality and urban development. … With solid, fact-based conclusions, responsible recommendations, and chapters on rebuilding efforts, this title should serve as a textbook for today’s urban planners.”
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Environmental Justice is a complicated matter (although a very real problem). I do not believe that the authors are unbiased, and there is such an obviously hateful attitude, this book was hard to read.

Anger and frustration are justified, but resorting to calling names, blaming, and seeing fault in everything and everyone aside from victims lends nothing to the (justified) argument.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BcKc on January 6, 2012
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I have read quite a few books on the topic of Environmental Justice and this is by far the worst. Extremely biased and full of hyperbole. I expected more from Bullard (both from his own writing and the choices he made as editor), considering that he is often called the "Father of EJ". Disappointing, to say the least.
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