The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery: Social learning in a post-disaster environment

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Routledge, Mar 3, 2010 - Business & Economics - 224 pages

In August 2005 the nation watched as Hurricane Katrina pummelled the Gulf Coast. Residents did not just suffer the personal costs of a home that had been severely damaged or destroyed; frequently they also lost their entire neighbourhood and the social systems that under normal circumstances made their lives "work". Katrina raised the questions of whether and how communities could solve the complex social coordination problems catastrophic disaster poses, and what inhibits them from doing so?

Professor Chamlee-Wright investigates not only the nature of post-disaster recovery, but the nature of the social order itself – how societies are able to achieve a level of complex social coordination that far exceeds our ability to design. By deploying the tools of both political economy and cultural economy, the book contributes to the bourgeoning literature on the social, political and economic impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Through a selection of case studies, the author argues that post-disaster resilience depends crucially upon the discovery that unfolds within commercial and civil society. The book will be of particular interest to postgraduate students and researchers in economics, sociology and anthropology as well as disaster specialists.

 

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Contents

List of illustrations xi
The nature and causes of social order as seen through postdisaster
Qualitative methods and the pursuit of economic understanding 23
Deploying socially embedded resources in a postdisaster
Social capital community narratives and recovery within
sense of place
Politicaleconomy and social learning in nonpriced
lessons for public
Concluding remarks 174
neighborhoods of interest 181
Notes 191
References 203
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