UNO Professors and Co-Authors to Participate in Book Launch and Community Event

Two University of New Orleans sociology professors who are co-authors of a new book about survivors of Hurricane Katrina will participate, along with all the authors, in a community conversation and book launch at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., on October 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Pamela Jenkins, research professor of sociology, and Rachel Luft, associate professor of sociology, are among the 12 authors of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. The authors, six of whom are New Orleanians, will hold a conversation with community members about displacement, return and recovery.

Displaced is a moving ethnographic account of Hurricane Katrina survivors rebuilding their lives away from the Gulf Coast. It is first title in The Katrina Bookshelf, a new series of books—published by the University of Texas Press—that will probe the long-term consequences of a major American disaster.

Displaceddraws on extensive document analysis, observations, focus groups and 1,000 interviews with displaced residents, first responders, service providers, community organizers and people who took in displaced residents from 13 communities in seven states. Taken together, the interview data included in the book represents the most comprehensive ethnographic portrait of displaced people in the aftermath of any major U.S. disaster.

In 2006, 12 feminist scholars formed the Research Network on Persons Displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The group’s goals were to give a voice to the displaced, promote understanding of the experience of post-disaster displacement, and contribute to public policy and planning that more humanely addresses the needs of displaced people in future disasters.

The group is comprised of: Pamela Jenkins, University of New Orleans; Rachel Luft, University of New Orleans; Alice Fothergill, University of Vermont; Elizabeth Fussell, Washington State University; Cynthia Garza, Tulane University; Laura Lein, University of Michigan; Jacquelyn Litt, Rutgers University; Beverly J. Mason, Webster University; Lee M. Miller, Sam Houston State University; Jessica W. Pardee, Rochester Institute of Technology; Lori Peek, Colorado State University; and Lynn Weber, University of South Carolina. Displaced is edited by Peek and Weber.