Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the American Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Biloxi, Mississippi, a small town on the coast, was one of the towns devastated directly by the storm. Recovery has lasted years, influenced not only by the structure of the society as it existed in the years leading up to Katrina, but shaped also by years of repeated hurricane devastation and recovery periods. In Mississippi After Katrina, Jennifer Trivedi explores this recovery process and what pre-disaster cultural, historical, social, political, and economic distinctions shaped Biloxi and Biloxians’ recovery through ethnographic, media, and historic document research and analysis. Questions of housing and home at the heart of many Biloxians’ recovery are tied to the local job market and its reliance on the gambling industry in the years prior. But of course, communities are tied together by more than an economy. Trivedi examines how networks of people, groups, and institutions played out in the period of preparation and recovery, aiding in each process and reinforcing the distinctions that existed before the storm.
Jennifer Trivedi is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and member of the Disaster Recovery Research Center at the University of Delaware.
List of Figures
Introduction: Hurricane Katrina, Biloxi, and the Past
Chapter 1: Setting the Scene
Chapter 2: Hurricane History
Chapter 3: Hurricane Katrina
Chapter 4: Trying to Go Home
Chapter 5: Recovering Over the Long Haul
About the Author
Jennifer Trivedi, in Mississippi after Katrina, takes the reader to ground zero and ground level of Hurricane Katrina, documenting, through careful ethnographic and documentary research, the events in Biloxi, Mississippi, from the first warnings, to the trauma of the storm itself, through the immediate aftermath, and into the next decade of recovery. Trivedi captures the experiences, concerns, and drama of regular folks caught in an unprecedented disaster, while also framing those experiences within the larger structural issues of race, class, and inequalities of coastal Mississippi. It is a spellbinding and wholly timely analysis of how natural disasters are not always natural.