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By The Washington Post

The aftermath was once virtually as devastating because the typhoon itself. within the ten years considering the fact that typhoon Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, New Orleans has replaced vastly, and The Washington submit returns to the sector to take the whole degree of the city's lengthy, , inspiring, unfinished comeback.

When storm Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, it wrenched greater than one million humans from their houses and without end altered New Orleans—one of the country's cultural capitals. It reordered the city's economic climate and inhabitants in ways in which are nonetheless being felt this present day. What replaced? And what was once misplaced within the intervening decade?

Dozens of Washington submit writers and photographers descended on New Orleans whilst Katrina hit, and lots of of these related reporters went again for the anniversary. What they discovered was once a thriving urban, buttressed via a brand new $14.5 billion advanced of sea partitions, levees, pump stations and outfall canals. What they heard used to be that, whereas a few mourn the lack of the recent Orleans' soul and authenticity, others—who observed a determined desire for development even ahead of the storm—welcome the rebuilding of latest Orleans into America's most recent tech hub.

This insightful, elegiac booklet, then, is either a back and forth examine New Orleans' comeback, packed with the voices of these who have been driven through Katrina's winds in instructions they by no means imagined.

"The urban, on stability, is much better off than prior to Katrina," says Jason Berry, a prolific New Orleans writer.

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Such a view challenges the old picture of Durkheim as an opponent of modernization and a defender of collective morality. Although this view never gained widespread currency in Europe, classical American sociology generally regards Durkheim as antithetical to American individualism. While Parsons helped to correct this view, as did Jeffrey Alexander more recently with his neoDurkhemian cultural sociology, the bias persisted, as is evident from the 25 26 COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY representation of Durkheim’s thought by such sociologists as Robert Nisbet, Alvin Gouldner and Lewis Coser, for whom the very idea of functionalism, with which Durkheim was associated, indicates an affirmative attitude.

The legitimating myth of community as a normative foundation of modern society disintegrated. From Nietzsche to Freud, intellectuals and writers began to portray modern society as being in the throes of a malaise. In classical sociology, this tendency is captured by Max Weber’s (1978) metaphor of the ‘iron cage’, Durkheim’s (1952) concern with suicide and the motif of ‘anomie’, and Simmel’s (1968) theory of the ‘tragedy of culture’. As the European nations prepared for war, the nation state, the effective expression of modern society as a territorial phenomenon, had become a war machine.

Absorbed into the nation state, the city lost its autonomy, and with this came a loss of its identity. S. Eliot’s evocation of the city as a wasteland (Rousseau, [1762] 1968; Engels, [1845] 1936; Simmel, [1905] 1950; Eliot [1922] 1963). This theme of the city has been linked closely to the theme of community. The fate of community in urban society has also been one of the main themes in modern sociology since the days of the Chicago School. This very rich sociological tradition has led to important studies on human 38 URBAN COMMUNITY ecology, civic design and urban regeneration, which have all had human alienation as their theme.

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