Deserving Victims and Post-Disaster Fraud

  • Alessandra JerollemanEmail author


This chapter focuses upon the construct of the deserving victim, as seen in the context of natural and man-made disasters, as well as in other social welfare contexts. This concept is applied at the community scale as well, with the onus being placed upon the community to prove its deservedness. The chapter seeks to integrate findings from fields such as psychology and sociology relative to individual and cultural discomfort with the notion of allowing individuals to “cheat,” with the literature around disaster recovery. In other words, the chapter interrogates the underpinnings of the extensive focus on fraud that has characterized post-disaster assistance and aid dating back to the creation of those mechanisms and contrasts it with the assumption of corporate deservedness—as shown by the typical failure to question high corporate profit models and the unwillingness to hold corporations to account for anything less than the most egregious violations.


Privatization Neoliberalism Post-disaster fraud Corrosive community Altruistic community Disaster capitalism 


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  1. 1.Jacksonville State UniversityMetairieUSA

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