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Strong Civil Society as a Double-Edged Sword: Siting Trailers in Post-Katrina New Orleans


Daniel P. Aldrich


Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Resilience Program

Kevin


affiliation not provided to SSRN

September 1, 2008

Political Research Quarterly Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 379-389

Abstract:     
To meet the dire need for housing following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials created lists of potential sites for trailer parks. We analyze approved sites to track which factors were linked with larger (or smaller) numbers of trailers and trailer sites per zip code block. Areas which displayed greater levels of social capital, as evidenced by voluntaristic activities such as voting, were slated for fewer trailers, controlling for race, income, education, flood damage, and other relevant factors. Civil society worked simultaneously to bring citizens together while mobilizing them against the threat of trailer parks in their backyards.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: NIMBY, civil society, social capital, Hurricane Katrina, disaster recovery, trailer parks, New Orleans, Mayor Nagin, spatial location

JEL Classification: R1, R14, R21, P16, R53


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Date posted: January 31, 2007 ; Last revised: May 3, 2010

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Aldrich, Daniel P. and Kevin, Strong Civil Society as a Double-Edged Sword: Siting Trailers in Post-Katrina New Orleans (September 1, 2008). Political Research Quarterly Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 379-389. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=960497 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.960497

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Daniel P. Aldrich (Contact Author)
Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Resilience Program ( email )
360 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Kevin Crook
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