Title

The Hand of God: Capitalism, Inequality, and Moral Geographies in Mississippi After Hurricane Katrina

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2010

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

Within the United States, Mississippi often represents all that the country is not. However, within the state, the cultural geography is more complex and the area most affected by Hurricane Katrina is seen as least like the state as a whole. After Katrina, the state symbolically reincorporated the coast while aligning itself with the values of the nation. Ironically, it was the destruction of the space/time of modernity characterizing the country that made this possible. As reconstruction progresses, differences within communities by class and between regions have been reconstituted along with the market and the space of modernity.

Publication Title

Anthropological Quarterly

Volume

83

Issue

1

First Page

177

Last Page

203

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