Department of Geography and the Environment

Geography Department Colloquium

Place Matters!: Local Conditions and Gendered Migrant Experiences in Post-Katrina New Orleans by Dr. Sarah Blue

Fri, December 7, 2012 | GRG

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ROBERT GAUTHIER / LOS ANGELES TIMES  © 2006 The Seattle Times Company
ROBERT GAUTHIER / LOS ANGELES TIMES © 2006 The Seattle Times Company

By highlighting differences in men and women’s labor experiences in a disaster-recovery context, this study emphasizes the how local conditions constrain and/or facilitate opportunities and shape the strategies that migrants adopt in specific places and within particular migrant networks. Using survey and interview data collected from 256 Post-Katrina Latino migrants to New Orleans who were working between 2006 and 2008, I argue that the local conditions of the migrant destination, especially the highly gendered nature of the disaster-recovery labor market, influence migrants’ social and economic success and how they find work- in new destinations.

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