Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Gendered Collective Action: The Case of Women of the Storm Following Hurricane Katrina Chapter uri icon



  • This essay examines cultural trauma, memory, gender, and performance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, in-depth interviews, and documentary sources, this feminist analysis of cultural trauma and memory examines how an emergent, women-centered group, Women of the Storm, engaged in performative political practices aimed at increasing government support for Gulf Coast recovery efforts. The author argues that the group modified place-based practices related to ritual acts of mourning and remembrance, appropriated and transformed disaster-related symbol systems, and aimed to establish new forms of moral responsibility as part of its collective actions.

publication date

  • August 3, 2010

Date in CU Experts

  • November 8, 2017 11:20 AM

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  • Mesropova OM; Weber-Fève S

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 10

  • 0801894956

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 9780801894954