Displaced once again: Honduran migrant children in the path of Katrina.

Author:

Ensor, M. O.

Editor:

First

Date:

2008

Region:

Central America

Theme:

Gender and Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons

Language:

English

Publisher:

University of Cincinnati

Full Harvard Reference:

Ensor, M. O. (2008). Displaced once again: Honduran migrant children in the path of Katrina. Children Youth and Environments 18(1), 280-302.

This paper explores the experiences of Honduran migrant children in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras and New Orleans, the author examines the contribution of these young migrants to their families' survival strategies, including their participation in post-disaster reconstruction work. Findings counter dominant frameworks that pathologize the experience of disaster survivors, assuming their responses to be maladaptive, and conceptualize children as passive, dependent victims.