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