Article

Personalising disaster: Community storytelling and sharing in New Orleans post-Katrina tourism

Citation

Mahn C, Scarles C, Edwards J & Tribe J (2021) Personalising disaster: Community storytelling and sharing in New Orleans post-Katrina tourism. Tourist Studies, 21 (2), pp. 156-177. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468797620967597

Abstract
This paper seeks to extend existing discussions of post-disaster tourism in New Orleans by considering how competing narratives of disaster operate within the tourist experience available in New Orleans. More specifically, we explore how personal reflections and the collective memories of a community are practiced and mobilised as occasions for tourists to connect with and share in memories of disaster in post-Katrina New Orleans. We suggest that in a city where tourism has long been vital to the economic, social and cultural make-up of the place the power of sharing has emerged through personal narratives, artefacts and experiences that, more than a decade after the disaster, are woven into the tourist experience by individuals such as tour guides, curators of exhibitions, street artists, and participants in anniversary ceremonies.

Keywords
Hurricane Katrina; New Orleans; racism; disaster; memorialisation; memory

Journal
Tourist Studies: Volume 21, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date01/06/2021
Publication date online30/10/2020
Date accepted by journal30/10/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31944
ISSN1468-7976
eISSN1741-3206