Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128095577

Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience

1st Edition

Lessons from New Orleans on Vulnerability and Resiliency

Editors: Michael Zakour Nancy Mock Paul Kadetz
Paperback ISBN: 9780128095577
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 13th November 2017
Page Count: 420
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Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience: Lessons from New Orleans on Vulnerability and Resiliency presents a unique, integrative understanding of Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area, and the progression to disaster vulnerability as well as resilience pathways. The book integrates the understanding of vulnerability and resiliency by examining the relationships among these two concepts and theories.

The disaster knowledge of diverse disciplines and professions is brought together in this book, with authors from social work, public health, community organizing, sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, anthropology, geography and the study of religion. The editors offer both expert and an insider perspectives on Katrina because they have lived in New Orleans and experienced Katrina and the recovery. An improved understanding of the recovery and reconstruction phases of disaster is also presented, and these disaster stages have been the least examined in the disaster and emergency management literature.

Key Features

  • Integrates multiple disciplines to study the long-term recovery of the worst non-terrorist disaster in U.S. history
  • Provides a local perspective, with at least one co-contributor for each chapter living in New Orleans
  • Examines vulnerability and resilience theory and application


Researchers, graduate students, disaster services professionals, and emergency management professionals

Table of Contents

Part I. The Nature of Lessons From Katrina
1. “Editors’ Introduction: Katrina and the Barefoot Scholars”
2. “Vulnerability+ Theory: The Integration of Community Disaster Vulnerability and Resiliency Theories”
3. “Structural Violence Inhibiting Restoration of Survivor ‘Agency’ after Katrina: Common Scenario of Disaster Recovery”
4. “Disaster Resilient Communities: A Systems Perspective”
5. “The Barefoot Scholars: How they were Deployed after Katrina”

Part II. Vulnerability
6a. “Setting the stage for the Katrina catastrophe; environmental degradation, ignoring science, engineering miscalculation; and human’s mismanagement"
6b. “The New Orleans Musicians Program”
7. “Hurricane Katrina 3 Centuries in the Making: The Catastrophe from a Historical Vantage Point”
8. “Social Capital in Crisis: the Complex Relationships between Community, Sociality, Inequality, and Resilience”
9. “Settlement Shifts in the Wake of Catastrophe”
10. “The Disaster Waiting to Happen: Gender, Vulnerability, and the Normative Disaster Paradigm in the Context of Post-Katrina New Orleans”

Part III. Resiliency
11. “The Role of Faith-Based Charities in Resiliency: The United Methodist Church”
12. “Dynamics of Early Recovery in Two Historically Low-Income New Orleans’ Neighborhoods of Tremé and Central City”
13. “Reading through the storm: Literacy and disaster management in Louisiana”
14. “Resilience among Vulnerable Populations: The Neglected Role of Culture”
15. “The Resilience in the Shadows of Catastrophe: Addressing the Existence and Implications of Vulnerability in New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana”,

Part IV. Conclusions and the Future of Vulnerability & Resiliency
16. “Ground Zero: How Research as a Resident of a Community in Disaster Transforms the Researcher”
17. “Lessons Learned from New Orleans and Katrina”


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About the Editor

Michael Zakour

Dr. Michael J. Zakour, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at West Virginia University. He was Principal Investigator for the WVU research grant and sub-award “Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities,” funded by the US Department of Education through the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In 2013 he was author, with David Gillespie, of “Community Disaster Vulnerability: Theory, Research, and Practice” published by Springer Press. He was Editor of “Disaster and Traumatic Stress: Research and Intervention”, published by Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA. He has also published in such journals as Social Work Research, Journal of Social Service Research, Social Work, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Social Development Issues, the Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Tulane Studies in Social Welfare. Dr. Zakour is founder (in 1995), and original chairperson of the Disaster & Traumatic Stress Symposium / Track, at the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting. This organization is the accrediting body for the profession of social work, and the annual meetings are the major venue for social work educators in the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Social Work, West Virginia University

Nancy Mock

Dr. Nancy Mock has over 30 years of experience in the Humanitarian, Food Security and Public Health fields. She is a co-founding member of the Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, an Associate Professor in International Health and International Development as well as past Interim Executive Director for the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women at Tulane University.

Dr. Mock was Associate Director of the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (Latin American and Caribbean), a program funded through the Office of Naval Research to provide technical support to the United States Southern Command in the area of disaster preparedness and response. Dr. Mock co-led the development of INTERHANDS, a major training initiative, and provided mission support and lessons learned analysis. Additionally, as part of a separate USAID project, Dr. Mock co-directed the Complex Emergency Response and Transition Initiative (CERTI), a crisis coordination project that aims to prevent and mitigate conflict, improve timely and appropriate response, and offers support to populations affected by conflict in transition. She was a chief architect of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Project (now FEWSNET) and serves on numerous advisory boards concerned with food security.

Other professional achievements include serving as a member of the Advisory Council for the World Vision Hurricane Relief Assistance Program and also as a member of the 2006 US Centers for Disease Control Expert Panel on Rapid Needs Assessment, Post-Disaster. She has also served as a technical advisor and course developer for international NGOs and other academic institutions in the area of public health in emergency settings. Dr. Mock continues to oversee the development and management of international projects valued at over $4.5 million dollars annually. She has been Principal and Co-Principal Investigator for multiple international programs and is currently involved in the development of a school of Public Health in Rwanda.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Paul Kadetz

Paul Kadetz is the Robert Fisher Oxnam Assistant Professor of Science and Society at Drew University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Liverpool in China and an Associate and Lecturer of the China Centre for Health and Humanity, University College London. Paul is a Medical Anthropologist and a clinician who completed his doctorate in International Development at The University of Oxford. Paul has conducted and published research concerning: Post-disaster recovery, global health policy, the anthropology of safety, the impact of foreign aid on healthcare systems and healthcare challenges in China, The Philippines, Cuba, Guatemala, Madagascar and Morocco. His co-edited volume, The Handbook of Welfare in China, was published by Edward Elgar.

Affiliations and Expertise

Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA