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Household breakup in New Orleans - Communist memories

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 01 June 2011

Hurricane Katrina led to the compulsory evacuation of all the residents of New Orleans. They were sent to shelters in distant destinations ranging from Houston to Tennessee. The scale of the disaster meant that most were unable to stay with or near family. But new research finds that this trauma was compounded by the authorities' failure to recognise the prevalence of extended families amongst the New Orleans poor. The trailers to which they re-located were set up for nuclear families as was the reconstructed housing to which they returned. The American social scientist Michael Rendall discusses post Katrina family breakdown with Laurie Taylor. Also, the process of remembering Communism in Central Eastern Europe. The historian James Mark's new book considers how countries come to terms with the legacies of the past. He joins the Psychology lecturer, Dr Jovan Byford, to question whether people's actual memories of the communist era at odds with officially imposed narratives?

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Michael Rendall

    Senior Social Scientist, RAND Corporation, Director, RAND Population Research Center

    Breakup of New Orleans Households After Hurricane Katrina (October 28, 2009)
    Michael S. Rendall
    RAND Working Paper Series WR- 703

    Find out more about Michael Rendall
  • Dr James Mark

    Senior lecturer in History at the University of Exeter, graduate of the East European Centre at St Anthony’s College, Oxford

    The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    ISBN-10: 9780300167160
    ISBN-13: 978-0300167160

    Find out more about James Mark
  • Dr Jovan Byford

    Lecturer in Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University

    Conspiracy Theories: A Critical Introduction
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (November 22, 2011)
    ISBN-10: 0230272797
    ISBN-13: 978-0230272798

    Conspiracy Theory in Serbian Culture at the Time of the Nato Bombing of Yugoslavia
    Publisher: Loughborough University
    ASIN: B001A404EW

    Conspiracy Theories: Serbia vs the New World Order
    Publisher: Belgrade BG Centar

    Find out more about Jovan Byford



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