Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and Their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina

  title={Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and Their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina},
  author={Kathleen J. Tierney and Christine A. Bevc and Erica D. Kuligowski},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={57 - 81}
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