Back to Normal: Gender and Disaster. Symbolic Interaction

Author:

Always, J. Belgrabe, L. & Smith, K.J

Editor:

First

Date:

1998

Region:

North America

Theme:

Gender and Disaster

Language:

English

Publisher:

Wiley Online Library

Full Harvard Reference:

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.