Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina

Markets of Sorrow Labors of Faith New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina Markets of Sorrow Labors of Faith is an ethnographic account of long term recovery in post Katrina New Orleans It is also a sobering exploration of the privatization of vital social services under ma

  • Title: Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina
  • Author: Vincanne Adams
  • ISBN: 9780822354345
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith is an ethnographic account of long term recovery in post Katrina New Orleans It is also a sobering exploration of the privatization of vital social services under market driven governance In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, public agencies subcontracted disaster relief to private companies that turned the humanitarian work of recovery intMarkets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith is an ethnographic account of long term recovery in post Katrina New Orleans It is also a sobering exploration of the privatization of vital social services under market driven governance In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, public agencies subcontracted disaster relief to private companies that turned the humanitarian work of recovery into lucrative business These enterprises profited from the very suffering that they failed to ameliorate, producing a second order disaster that exacerbated inequalities based on race and class and leaving residents to rebuild almost entirely on their own.Filled with the often desperate voices of residents who returned to New Orleans, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith describes the human toll of disaster capitalism and the affect economy it has produced While for profit companies delayed delivery of federal resources to returning residents, faith based and nonprofit groups stepped in to rebuild, compelled by the moral pull of charity and the emotional rewards of volunteer labor Adams traces the success of charity efforts, even while noting an irony of neoliberalism, which encourages the very same for profit companies to exploit these charities as another market opportunity In so doing, the companies profit not once but twice on disaster.

    One thought on “Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina”

    1. My Review for Library Journal [Library Journal 138, no. 4 (March 2013): 83]:Areas devastated by natural disasters, as recently seen since Hurricane Sandy, will suffer through years of recovery. In fact, getting through the storm itself can be the easy part, claims Adams (anthropology, history, and social medicine, Univ. of California, San Francisco). Picking up the pieces long after the storm has passed and the media have gone home is the real struggle. Adams focuses here on the years following [...]

    2. I liked what Adams is trying to do in this work. There's a large degree to which this work seems unambitious--just doling out neoliberal critique without offering anything new.

    3. Terse academic work that challenges the neo-liberal alignment of government social programs and corporate opportunitists, with excellent digs at a former employer of mine that shall remain nameless.

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