Post-Katrina New Orleans; The Capitalist Personality
Post-Katrina New Orleans: how disaster recovery became a lucrative business. Laurie Taylor talks to Vincanne Adams, US Professor of Medical Anthropology, about her account of market failure after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She discovered private companies profiting from the misery they sought to ameliorate and a second order disaster that intensified inequalities based on race and class. Why were residents left to re-build their lives and homes almost entirely on their own, save for the contribution of churches and charities? Phil O'Keefe, Professor of Economic Development, joins the discussion.
Also, 'The Capitalist Personality' - Laurie Taylor explores interpersonal bonds in the post communist world. Christopher Swader, Assistant Professor of Sociology in Moscow, argues that successful people in countries as diverse as China and Russia adjust to the market economy at a social cost, compromising moral values in pursuit of material gain. Is anti social behaviour in new capitalist economies a by-product of their communist pasts or does the individual ambition released by economic development also have a part to play in threatening human relationships?
Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco
Find out more about Vincanne Adams
Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina
Publisher: Duke University Press
Professor of Environmental Management and Economic Development at Northumbria University
Find out more about Professor Phil O'Keefe
Managing Adaptation to Climate Risk: Beyond Fragmented Responses
Geoff O'Brien; Phil O'Keefe (Authors)
Assistant Professor of sociology at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow
Find out more about Christopher Swader
The Capitalist Personality: Face-to-Face Sociality and Economic Change in the Post-Communist World
Music at the end of the programme
Artist: Allen Toussaint
Track No: 3
Track Title: St. James Infirmary
Label: Nonesuch 7559799287
Composer: Irving Mills
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