After the Storm
Militarization, Occupation, and Segregation in Post-Katrina America
by Lori Latrice Martin, Hayward Derrick Horton, and Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, Editors
June 2016, 164pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5164-3
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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Hurricane Katrina revealed the continued role of race in America and the social, economic, and political divide that still impacts the nation.

This book examines the state of race relations in America 10 years after one of the worst natural disasters in American history, Hurricane Katrina, and looks at the socioeconomic consequences of decades of public and private practices brought to light by the storm in cities throughout the Gulf Coast as well as in America more broadly.

More than a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina served to expose a well-engineered system of oppression, one which continues to privilege some groups and disadvantage others. In the wake of the natural disaster that hit New Orleans, it became clear that institutions such as residential segregation, mass incarceration and unemployment, police brutality, political disenfranchisement, racial profiling, gentrification, community occupation, discrimination, and a prison-to-school pipeline are expressly intended to work against people of color and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Unfortunately, very little has improved in the lives of people living in majority-minority communities since Katrina.

After the Storm uses Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of the natural disaster as a point of departure for understanding enduring racial divides in asset ownership, academic achievement, educational attainment, and mass incarceration in New Orleans and beyond. The book explores the many specific aspects of the widespread problem and considers how to move toward achieving a state where all can thrive. Readers will better appreciate the key roles of race, inequality, education, occupation, and militarization in understanding the failures in the responses to this disaster and grasp how institutionalized inequity continues to plague our nation.


  • Provides a fascinating exploration of how Hurricane Katrina revealed the continued role of race in America and the inescapable social, economic, and political divide within the United States
  • Tackles the tough challenges facing the nation, especially for people of color and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and identifies the changes needed to allow members of these groups to thrive
  • Presents information relevant to readers interested in or studying African American studies, community studies, criminal justice, demography, disaster studies, education, ethnic studies, political science, public management, sociology, or urban studies or planning
Lori Latrice Martin, PhD, is associate professor of sociology and African and African American studies at Louisiana State University. Her published works include Praeger's White Sports/Black Sports: Racial Socialization and Athletic Destinations.

Hayward Derrick Horton, PhD, is professor of sociology at University at Albany, State University of New York. His work appears in such academic publications as American Sociological Review and Sociological Forum. He is also the past president of the Association of Black Sociologists.

Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, PhD, is Shirley B. Barton Endowed Associate Professor in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University. His published works include Occupying the Academy: Just How Important is Diversity Work in Higher Education? and Working through Whiteness: Examining White Racial Identity and Profession with Pre-Service Teachers.
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