Club Goods and Post-Disaster Community Return

Rationality and Society, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 429-458, 2009

31 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010

See all articles by Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

Hurricane Katrina caused over one hundred billion dollars in property damage in the Greater New Orleans region. Although much attention has been paid to why particular communities have begun to recover and others have failed to rebound, very little attention has been paid to how the communities that have recovered actually went about doing so. This paper attempts to close that gap by examining how the church provision of club goods can foster social cooperation and community redevelopment in the wake of a disaster. In particular, we investigate the swift return of the community surrounding the Mary Queen of Vietnam (MQVN) Catholic Church in New Orleans East after Hurricane Katrina. Utilizing a unique bundle of club goods provided by the MQVN Catholic Church, residents in the New Orleans East Vietnamese-American community (a) rebuilt their distinct ethnic–religious–language community, (b) overcame the social coordination difficulties created by Katrina, and (c) engaged in successful political action to protect their community.

Keywords: Community Redevelopment, Post-Disaster Recovery, Religious Provision Of Club Goods, Social Resilience

Suggested Citation

Chamlee-Wright, Emily L. and Storr, Virgil Henry, Club Goods and Post-Disaster Community Return (October 1, 2009). Rationality and Society, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 429-458, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711318

Emily L. Chamlee-Wright

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