According to sociologists, looting and violence in the wake of natural disasters tends to be limited – and is often exaggerated by rumors and media reports.
By now the stories of looting and mayhem in New Orleans--the black residents looting, the whites scavaging or finding bread, water, diapers, baby formula...or nonessentials in abandoned shops,
alleged rapes in the Superdome, a shot fired at a rescue helicopter--these images have been burned into the brain of every television watcher and newspaper reader in America.
But do they give us an accurate picture of the aftermath of the flood? More