Drowning the Crescent City: Told stories of Katrina

Luis Mirón*, Robert Ward

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This article reviews secondary sources on the possible causes of the devastation in New Orleans resulting from Hurricane Katrina. These sources include newspaper accounts, radio and television interviews, government documents, and extensive historical chronicles of the aftermath of Katrina. The authors examine the consequences of policy action (or inaction) at all levels of government with respect to preparedness for evacuation. Using readily available online archival sources, the authors probe the interwoven complexity of the social structures of class, race, and age, together with the everyday lived experience of poor African American and elderly residents, to critically examine the question "what happened and why?" The article concludes with an examination of the legacies of racism and class inequality that are both socially reproduced in Katrina and, if not given keen attention by policy makers and other leaders, may foretell a similar disaster in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-168
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Class inequality
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Public policy
  • Racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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