The Riots in France: An Economist’s View

Bernard Salanié is a professor of economics at Columbia University and Ecole Polytechnique. His latest book is The Economics of Taxation, MIT Press, 2003. In the aftermath of the French riots, French politicians of all hues quickly went back to business-as-usual: lofty talk on the need for a better “intégration au sein du pacte républicain” (whatever […]

French Sociology Under Fire: A preliminary diagnosis of the November 2005 “urban riots”

Franck Poupeau is a researcher with the Centre de sociologie européenne, philosophy teacher in a Priority Education Zone (ZEP) in the Paris suburbs, and author of articles and books on teaching conditions in suburban establishments. His current research involves socio-spatial inequalities in access to public services.[1. My thanks to François Athané, Laurent Bonelli and Pierre […]

Territories of Identities in France

Riva Kastoryano (sociology and political science) is a senior research fellow at the CNRS and is affiliated with the Center for International Research at Sciences–Po. She is the author of Negotiating Identities: States and Immigrants in France and Germany, Princeton University Press, 2002. Nothing is new with the last riots in France, they just lasted longer. […]

Improvising Disaster in the City of Jazz: Organizational Response to Hurricane Katrina

Tricia Wachtendorf is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Delaware and a member of the core faculty at its Disaster Research Center.  James M. Kendra is assistant professor of public administration at the University of North Texas and the program coordinator of its Emergency Administration and Planning Program.[1. Reflections on organizational improvisation in […]

The Red Pill

Kathleen Tierney is professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of dozens of articles, book chapters, and technical reports on the social aspects of hazards, disasters, and risk, and is author, with Michael K. […]

Toxic Soup Redux: Why Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Matter after Katrina

Julie Sze is an assistant professor in American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her forthcoming book on the culture, politics and history of environmental justice activism in New York City is under contract with MIT Press. It looks at the intersection of planning and health, especially through the prism of asthma, and at […]

Weather Media and Homeland Security: Selling Preparedness in a Volatile World

Marita Sturken teaches in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, The AIDS Epidemic and the Politics of Remembering and a forthcoming book entitled Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch and Consumerism in American Culture. Hurricane Katrina exposed social inequities within the United States in stunning relief. […]

There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster

Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center where he also directs the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. His American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization won the 2004 LA Times Book Prize in biography and his most recent book is The Endgame of Globalization (2005). It is […]

Two Cities, Two Evacuations: Some Thoughts on Moving People Out

Joseph Scanlon is professor emeritus and director of the Emergency Communications Research Unit at Carleton University. In 1980 Professor Scanlon was commissioned by the Canadian Police College to write a book on the role of the police in the Mississauga evacuation. On November 10, 1979, a freight train hauling cars with five different chemicals derailed […]