`` Who Dat? : Race And Its Conspicuous Consumption During Post Katrina New Orleans

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When discussed or brought up, the word “race” evokes a muddy array of denotations and connotations. (Throop, Lecture, 10/15/15). However, anthropologists have concluded that race has no biological basis, but is rather a cultural category that entails certain social implications that impact people’s lives due to dynamic nominalism. (Throop, Lecture, 10/15/15). These ideals are exemplified in Marc Perry’s article “Who Dat?: Race and Its Conspicuous Consumption in Post-Katrina New Orleans,” as he explores the refashioning of post-Katrina New Orleans vis-à-vis clashing racialized methods of exploitation and exile, explains race in the city as a socio-economic issue, and describes the certain forms of commercially acceptable and unacceptable blackness in a market where blacks are susceptible to social expendability (Perry 2015: 92, 104). Similarly, Rachel Breunlin and Helen Regis in their article “Putting Ninth Ward on the Map: Race, Place, and Transformation in Desire, New Orleans” outline life in the Ninth Ward, present the perspectives of expelled residents, and claim that the political and physical restructuring of the post-Katrina city by government and big business is causing the displacement of black New Orleanians (Breunlin and Regis 2006). Even with such similarities in foci, both articles contrast in some aspects. However, the underlying conclusion both articles come to reflects the “irrationality of rationality” that develops alongside such efforts to revitalize New…

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