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Social Media and Haiti Disaster


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Social Media and Haiti Disaster

  1. 1. Haiti Relief: Disaster Capitalism and the potentials of Social Media Courtney Moles Global Studies Major May 2011
  2. 3. Political Ecology <ul><li>Political economy + ecological analysis = political ecology
  3. 4. “A political ecology approach recognizes that the social institutional arrangements through which human beings access and alter the physical environment in their quest for sustenance and shelter are key elements in the evolution of disasters.” -Anthony Oliver-Smith (angry earth p 30) </li></ul>
  4. 6. Disaster Capitalism; <ul><li>Treating disasters as exciting economic opportunity
  5. 7. With unnerving foresight, Alex Dupuy, a professor of sociology at Wesleyan University, summed up Clinton and Martelly’s Wednesday meeting nearly a year ago when he said, “The dual strategy of urban sweatshops and laissez-faire agriculture, which subordinated Haiti in the 1980s, is now it’s reconstruction plan.”(AFP) </li></ul>
  6. 8. Social Media