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Kevin Fox Gotham & Wesley Cheek

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 15: Post-disaster Recovery and Rebuilding

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Post-disaster Recovery and Rebuilding
Post-disaster Recovery and Rebuilding
Kevin Fox Gotham Wesley Cheek

The purpose of the chapter is to describe the sociological dimensions, major trends, and political–economic processes affecting the formulation and implementation of post-disaster recovery and rebuilding policies and programs in the United States and around the world. Post-disaster recovery and rebuilding activities lay bare the underlying power structures, logics of elite decision making, long-neglected injustices, and unacknowledged inequalities of contemporary cities. Sociological research on disasters has long focused attention on questions such as who benefits and who suffers from the implementation of recovery and rebuilding policies, what role do politics and institutional practices play in the social production of disasters, and how do ...

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