Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Dr. Ronald Mark Westrum


A synopsis of Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic damage it caused for the city of New Orleans. The number concern for the city of New Orleans is “reconstruction.” This paper is an examination of the reconstruction efforts and the government’s priorities after the devastating damage created from the cities levee system that was inadequate in function to sustain a storm of Hurricane Katrina’s magnitude. Research, reports, interviews and first-hand accounts create an interesting analysis of the reconstruction efforts. This report will challenge the ideas of bureaucracy, oligarchy, and the theories of ethnic cleansing practices, resulting in the current status of New Orleans reconstruction and reformation within the “Big Easy.”