Authenticating Loss and Contesting Recovery: FEMA and the Politics of Colonial Disaster Management
Book Chapter or Section
The chapter discusses how institutional regulators of disaster recovery "authenticate" loss and contribute to the process of disciplining disaster subjects. Drawing on ethnographic research after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the chapter suggests that alternative grassroots approaches to disaster recovery point to a reimagining of "recovery" organized around a framework of support and affective relations.
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Molinari, Sarah. 2019. “Authenticating Loss and Contesting Recovery: FEMA and the Politics of Colonial Disaster Management.” In Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, edited by Yarimar Bonilla and Marisol LeBrón. Haymarket Press.
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