Sancha Medwinter, sociology, has published her latest book "Ecologies of Inequity: How Disaster Response Reconstitutes Race and Class Inequality." In the book, Medwinter shows how racially and ethnically diverse, immigrant and urban poor disaster survivors lose ground to their white, middle-class-to-affluent and Black middle-class homeowner neighbors during official disaster response. 

"Part of this story explains how the chronically poor repeatedly get displaced by the machinery of official disaster response. One reason is the introduction of a race- and class-blind disaster “logic of response” that caters to the needs of the newly created class of “disaster victims,” while displacing the “logic of service,” which typically attempts to address the needs of the chronically poor."


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