Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Hurricane Katrina has profoundly altered the lives of New Orleans residents as they continue three years following the storm to attempt to rebuild their community and their lives. Natural disaster literature has historically focused on the impacts on individuals and correlating variables. Significant literature gaps exist regarding family systems and disaster and analysis of the relationship of social class to recovery. This qualitative investigation situated in an emancipatory paradigm investigated the relationship between social class and family changes for seven Katrina families self-identified as members of marginalized social classes. Study conclusions reveal significant shifts in family identities and a strong relationship between social class perceptions and family recovery experiences. Additionally, data indicates participation was an emancipatory experience for study families.
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Godwin, Emilie E., "Hurricane Katrina families: Social class and the family in trauma recovery" (2009). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1539618586.