ESPM 50 - F_10 - WR - week 3

ESPM 50 - F_10 - WR - week 3 - Orleans beginning in the...

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Weekly reflections: Week 3 questions See the weekly reflections assignment sheet for guidelines 1. Environmental historian Donald Worster proposes a three-tiered framework for understanding social and environmental change. Use Worster’s framework to explain why the ‘levees only’ approach to water resource management was an essential factor shaping the disaster that struck New Orleans following Katrina. Be specific in identifying at least one element that fits into each of Worster’s three categories (e.g., specific ideas at the cultural level; environmental conditions or processes at the ‘natural’ level; and social relations at the social level), and explain how each interacted with the others to set the stage for human and environmental catastrophe. 2. Drawing on Kelman’s and /or Campanella’s article and lecture, explain how the development of an extensive water management infrastructure in and around New
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Unformatted text preview: Orleans beginning in the early twentieth century has shaped spatial patterns of segregation and differential exposure to the risk of flooding between European American and African American residents of New Orleans? Use at least one specific area or neighborhood in which these patterns have been evident as an example. 3. President Barak Obama described the experience of thousands of marginalized people who were stranded in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the federal government’s response to the disaster as “a continuation of passive indifference …” rather than “evidence of active malice.” This statement alludes to what was described in lecture as structural racism. Define structural racism (please do not use the Wikipedia definition) and identify two ways that the events of Hurricane Katrina can be interpreted as having been shaped by structural racism....
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course ESPM 28984 taught by Professor Spreyer during the Fall '10 term at Berkeley.

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