Lecture 2

Lecture 2 - 3 EH background Worsters analytical framework...

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Lecture 2 – Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans environmental history - outline Blackboard Today : 1) impact of the storm on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast 2) environmental history framework to analyze the disaster Gulf Coast Hurricanes Past as prologue Hurricane Katrina Why was N.O. so unprepared for Katrina? 1
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Hurricane Katrina and the environment Meteorology of the storm : Wind precipitation storm surge Regional flooding : wetland saltwater inundation infrastructure damage: transportation, housing, services, industry, ‘Cancer Alley’ New Orleans flooding : levee failure > inundation of business and residential areas ‘toxic gumbo’ 2
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Why was the Gulf Coast and NO particularly so unprepared for Katrina ? Environmental history (EH) - definition
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Unformatted text preview: 3 EH background Worsters analytical framework 1. Nature : the non-human world Geophysical / ecological Natural resources: materials occurring in nature that are useful to humans 2.. Social organization : social institutions, economy, infrastructure, etc. Modes of Production: adaptive strategies for engaging natural limits and opportunities Technology / division of labor 3. Culture : learned systems of meaning that shape perception and behavior Beliefs, knowledge, language, values, norms, laws, religion, myth, etc. Interaction : dialectic process 4 Synthesis sets stage for future limits and opportunities Social adaptation to natures limits & opportunities: intersubjectivity vs. domination 5...
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