Racialized Disaster Patriarchy: An Intersectional Model for Understanding Disaster Ten Years after Hurricane Katrina.

Author:

Luft, R. E.

Editor:

First

Date:

2016

Region:

North America

Theme:

Gender, Disaster and Intersectionality

Language:

English

Publisher:

Johns Hopkins University Press

Full Harvard Reference:

Luft, R. E. (2016). Racialized Disaster Patriarchy: An Intersectional Model for Understanding Disaster Ten Years after Hurricane Katrina, Feminist Formations, Vol 28 (2): 1-26.

This paper offers an intersectional model – “racialized disaster patriarchy” – to analyse the racialized and gendered impacts of Hurricane Katrina. The author considers how intersecting factors of structural racism and sexism have exacerbated the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on certain populations, and shaped the type of responses provided both by the government and at the grassroots. The concept of “racialized disaster patriarchy” links the intersectional experience of disaster to that of recovery, and highlights social movements’ actions for a just reconstruction.