Catastrophe in the Making

The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow

Authors: Freudenburg, W.R., Gramling, R., Laska, S., Erikson, K.T.

  • Draws on the most infamous natural disaster in recent American history to explore larger questions about development and environmental change
  • Several of the authors are from the area and contribute firsthand accounts
  • Different from other books on Katrina in its emphasis on the development that worsened the effects of the storm
  • Explores political and social, in addition to environmental aspects, of natural disasters
  • Tells a compelling story of hubris and injustice
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About this book

Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of “economic development” at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are building—quite literally—toward similar destruction.

Too often, the U.S. “growth machine” generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive “natural” disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making shows why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.

About the authors

William R. Freudenburg was professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Robert Gramling is professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Socioeconomic Research at the University of Louisiana at Layayette. Shirley Laska is a professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans and director of the Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART). Kai T. Erikson is professor emeritus of Sociology and American Studies at Yale University.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The First Days of Katrina

    Freudenburg, William R. (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • A Mighty Storm Hits the Shore

    Freudenburg, William R. (et al.)

    Pages 15-30

  • The Setting

    Freudenburg, William R. (et al.)

    Pages 31-44

  • Slicing Through the Swamps

    Freudenburg, William R. (et al.)

    Pages 45-53

  • The Growth Machine Comes to New Orleans

    Freudenburg, William R. (et al.)

    Pages 55-66

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Catastrophe in the Making
Book Subtitle
The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
William R. Freudenburg, Robert B. Gramling, Shirley B. Laska, and Kai T. Erikson
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-156-6
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-156-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 214
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 b/w illustrations
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