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They Didn't Go in Those Houses: Katrina's X-codes, Race, and Practices of Memory

Frierdich, Matthew
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Frierdich, Matthew
Advisor
Rubenstein, Jennifer
Balfour, Katharine
Abstract
Following Hurricane Katrina and the federal disaster relief efforts, residents and commentators memorialized the "x-codes" as markings of survival, rescue, hopeful defiance, and duty. But what does it mean for this kind of artifact to play this role in memories of the disaster? Many popular renderings of the x-codes accentuate the hurricane and subsequent flooding’s “natural” destruction. And at the same time, other examples actually contest the discursive logics of disaster itself. This paper considers the possibilities of memorializing x-codes as practices of “counter-memory,” refracting this narrative frame of disaster rescue by employing different visual uses of the x-codes to illuminate racialized structural subjugation.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Politics, MA (Master of Arts), 2019
Published Date
2019-05-01
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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