Clyde Woods' Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Type: Panel
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Nik Heynen
Chairs: Nik Heynen


Clyde Woods, posthumously completed and edited by Jordan Camp and Laura Pulido, Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restoration in Post-Katrina New Orleans was published by the University of Georgia Press, Geographies of Justice series in 2017.

Woods' final book examines the history of New Orleans and explains in unflinching detail how and why Black lives were considered disposable.

Development Drowned and Reborn is a “Blues geography” of New Orleans, one that compels readers to return to the history of the Black freedom struggle there to reckon with its unfinished business. Reading contemporary policies of abandonment against the grain, Clyde Woods explores how Hurricane Katrina brought long-standing structures of domination into view. In so doing, Woods delineates the roots of neoliberalism in the region and a history of resistance.

Written in dialogue with social movements, this book offers tools for comprehending the racist dynamics of U.S. culture and economy. Following his landmark study, Development Arrested, Woods turns to organic intellectuals, Blues musicians, and poor and working people to instruct readers in this future-oriented history of struggle. Through this unique optic, Woods delineates a history, methodology, and epistemology to grasp alternative visions of development.

While Woods cannot be with us, we wanted to make sure his brilliant book got its due attention.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Laura Pulido University of Oregon - Eugene, OR 15
Panelist Jordan Camp Barnard College 15
Panelist Treva Ellison Dartmouth College 15
Panelist Anne Bonds University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 15
Panelist Willie Wright Department of Geography 15

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