Back to normal: Gender and disaster

Joan Alway, Linda L Belgrave, Kenneth J. Smith

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Abstract

Our earlier studies of Hurricane Andrew focused on the destruction of everyday life during the crisis itself and the reconstruction of a taken-for-granted world during the recovery period; this paper examines the significance of gender in these processes. The abrupt loss of taken-for-granted reality occasioned by the storm involved only a slight and momentary disruption of gender roles. The resilience of these roles can be understood only if gender is seen as a property of social organization that shapes not only interactional expectations and pressures, but also cultural and institutional processes, as well as bodily experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-195
Number of pages21
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Volume21
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Hurricanes
Disasters
disaster
Recovery
gender
gender role
resilience
everyday life
Cyclonic Storms
reconstruction
organization
Pressure
experience

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Alway, J., Belgrave, L. L., & Smith, K. J. (1998). Back to normal: Gender and disaster. Symbolic Interaction, 21(2), 175-195.

Back to normal : Gender and disaster. / Alway, Joan; Belgrave, Linda L; Smith, Kenneth J.

In: Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1998, p. 175-195.

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Alway, J, Belgrave, LL & Smith, KJ 1998, 'Back to normal: Gender and disaster', Symbolic Interaction, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 175-195.
Alway, Joan ; Belgrave, Linda L ; Smith, Kenneth J. / Back to normal : Gender and disaster. In: Symbolic Interaction. 1998 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 175-195.
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