A Tale of Two Cities: Variations in Perceptions of Disaster Recovery and the Importance of Intersectionality.

Author:

MCKinzie, E. A.

Editor:

First

Date:

2017

Region:

North America

Theme:

Gender, Disaster and Intersectionality

Language:

English

Publisher:

Full Harvard Reference:

MCKinzie, E. A. (2017). A Tale of Two Cities: Variations in Perceptions of Disaster Recovery and the Importance of Intersectionality. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Vol. 3(4): 522-537

This article compares the long-term recovery from disaster in Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, both devastated by tornados in 2011. It shows the different narratives and perceptions of recovery based on residents’ race/ethnicity, social class and gender. In particular, the article provides evidence of colour-blind racist statements from dominant groups and a repudiation of levelling effects from people of colour. The author calls for the inclusion of an intersectional perspective in assessments of disasters to better understand recovery processes.