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(Administrative Theory & Praxis, 2007) Wyatt-Nichol, Heather; Abel, Charles F.
This article examines the underlying assumptions, imagery, and ideology
of the discourse on emergency management that emerged
among politicians, the media, and political appointees following
Hurricane Katrina. The purpose is to investigate the extent to which
they constituted an effective framework for thinking through, talking
about, evaluating, and engaging with emergencies. It is our intent to
systematically reveal the underlying assumptions, goals, values, and
beliefs embedded in this particular discourse with a view toward understanding
how this discourse delimited and shaped our understanding
and expectations of emergency management by government