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Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath

Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Matthew L. Spialek


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Heartbreaking stories from survivors along the Texas Gulf Coast

Hurricane Harvey was one of the worst American natural disasters in recorded history. It ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, and left thousands of people homeless in its wake. In Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek offer first-hand accounts from survivors themselves, providing a rare, on-the-ground perspective of natural disaster recovery.

Drawing on interviews from more than 350 survivors, the authors trace the experiences of individuals and their communities, both rich and poor, urban and rural, white, Latinx, and Black, and how they navigated the long and difficult road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. From Corpus Christi to Galveston, they paint a vivid, compelling picture of heartache and destruction, as well as resilience and recovery, as survivors slowly begin rebuilding their lives and their communities.

An emotionally provocative read, Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath provides insight into how ordinary people experience and persevere through a disaster in an age of environmental vulnerability.

New York University Press, 9781479800759, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

About the Author

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick is University Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Arkansas. Matthew L. Spialek is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas.