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Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood Alice Fothergill

Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood

Alice Fothergill

Published July 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780791461570
Hardcover
270 pages
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 About the Book 

Heads above Water tells the stories of women and their families who survived the Grand Forks, North Dakota, flood of 1997, one of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. This book describes the challenges women faced and explores the importanceMoreHeads above Water tells the stories of women and their families who survived the Grand Forks, North Dakota, flood of 1997, one of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. This book describes the challenges women faced and explores the importance of class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability in their disaster recovery. The women found themselves face-to-face with social and familial upheaval, emotional and physical trauma, precarious economic and social status, and feelings of loss and violation. By exploring the experiences of these women, author Alice Fothergill contributes to broader sociological discussions about womens changing roles, the stigma of needing and receiving assistance, family relationships under stress, domestic violence, downward mobility, and the importance of home to ones identity and sense of self. Heads above Water offers poignant insight into womens everyday lives in an extraordinary time.