Religion, Rhetoric, and Social Change after Hurricane Katrina

  • Anne Marie Arlinghaus College of Arts and Science of Vanderbilt University

Abstract

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and in its aftermath, Americans were left asking why it had happened. This paper explores the discussions that occurred in newspaper articles, editorials, websites, and blogs in an attempt to distill the multiple interpretations people had of such a major natural disaster. Three major meanings emerge: that the hurricane was a type of divine retribution, that the hurricane was caused or its consequences exacerbated by human failings, and that the hurricane could serve as a catalyst for social change.

Author Biography

Anne Marie Arlinghaus, College of Arts and Science of Vanderbilt University
Anne Arlinghaus is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Oxford, Ohio. She has a double major in Economics and American and Southern Studies.
Published
08-12-2006
How to Cite
ARLINGHAUS, Anne Marie. Religion, Rhetoric, and Social Change after Hurricane Katrina. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 2, aug. 2006. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://vurj.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/2750>. Date accessed: 13 dec. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v2i0.2750.
Section
Humanities and Social Sciences

Keywords

Hurricane Katrina; Theodicy; Social Movements