Back to Normal: Gender and Disaster. Symbolic Interaction
Always, J. Belgrabe, L. & Smith, K.J
Gender and Disaster
Wiley Online Library
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Always, J. Belgrabe, L. & Smith, K.J. (1998). Back to Normal: Gender and Disaster. Symbolic Interaction Vol. 21(2): 175-195
A continuation of a past article that focused on the destruction of everyday life after Hurricane Andrew hit the US, in 1992, this paper focuses on gender roles and expectations, which were found not to have changed significantly. Preparations and post disaster activities were organised by gender - men were protectors and providers. Women were nurturers and comforters and took care of physical and emotional work inside. The roles and identities remained anchored and legitimized by institutional arrangements.