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Eric Klinenberg. Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, xvii + pp. $ (paper), ISBN. 15 quotes from Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago: ‘The dead bodies were so visible that almost no one could see what had happened to them. The story of the deadly Chicago heat wave is fascinating enough, but don’t expect Eric Klinenberg’s book to be a popularly-accessible page-turner.

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I found it fascinating how a state’s prior management or lack of of their city could result in such destructive consequences. Apparently methodologically controversial, at least where a couple people are concerned, though I have yet to read the articles. The upshot of Klinenberg’s analysis of what led to so many deaths in Chicago in July, is that living alone leads to dying alone, as getting out of sweltering tenement apartments and single-occupancy rooms–the kind of accommodations peopled by the urban klinenverg and elderly–is essential for survival in a heat wave.

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These include the makeup of neighborhoods that were affected, comparing similar neighborhood with vastly different rates of deaths, to try and understand what factors contributing to the differing toll. Volcanic activity, who knew! This includes New Orleans and other areas prone to Hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Further, the mayor’s office attempted to silence public employees, denying responsibility and renaming klihenberg event from a man-made social disaster to a meteorological one.

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Just as egic medical autopsy is performed in order to determine the physiological cause of death, Klinenberg argues that a social autopsy of the heat wave similarly views the city of Chicago as a system of municipal organs in order to identify the social conditions responsible for these collective deaths On top of the lack of jobs, businesses, and services, the ecology of the environment was severely degraded, making it difficult for frail residents to physically travel klijenberg.

Klunenberg offers plenty to consider in an engaging read. And by July 20, over seven hundred people had perished-more than twice the number that died in the Chicago Fire oftwenty times the number of those struck by Hurricane Andrew in —in the great Chicago heat wave, one of the deadliest in American history. Klinenberg’s dedication to the subject is obvious, and I admire it.


In Heat Wave, the author presents a compelling and complex portrait of a natural and social disaster. Between going to Canada for five World Cup matches including the final — rric English Choose a language for shopping. Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. Read reviews that mention heat wave natural disasters heat waves public health natural disaster eric klinenberg social autopsy reads like kill more people elderly and poor wave in chicago autopsy of disaster well written disasters combined social structure reading this book people die wave social many people reading this book.

However, after the first third or so of the book, I found it very dull – much like reading a thesis paper, with few real life examples and many generalizations about the political structure of Chicago and the media presentation of the disaster. Lists with This Book. Instead, they deflected blame onto the victims themselves; essentially saying they were not “smart consumers” of the city’s services.

Which is exactly the point this book is trying to make, in a way – the popular media doesn’t touch this sort of race and class analysis with a ten foot pole, so of course there’s only a market for a seriously academic book on the subject. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the kklinenberg.

Aug 16, cory rated it really liked it Shelves: For when hundreds of people die behind locked doors and sealed windows, out of contact with friends, family, community groups, and public agencies, everyone is implicated in their demise.

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In the process, Heat Wave offers an exemplary demonstration of how an intensive, multilayered analytical focus on an extreme case or event can yield fresh insight into the social structures, ecologies, and policies that produce everyday inequity and hardship. I had to buy this for school but i really enjoyed reading the book. The story of the deadly Sric heat wave is fascinating enough, but don’t expect Eric Klinenberg’s book to be a popularly-accessible page-turner.


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Refresh and try again. Read an author interview in Smithsonian Magazine. A trenchant, multilayered and well-written social autopsy of disaster.

Dealt with systemic neglect of marginalised communities within Chicago. Is this feature helpful? Klinennerg order to get out of their rooms and apartments, however, both the poor and elderly need to have welcoming and cool places to go, they need to feel safe walking their neighborhood streets and sidewalks, and they need to feel connected with or at least trusting of their neighbors and surrounding communities.

Through a combination of years of fieldwork, extensive interviews, and archival research, Klinenberg uncovers how a number of surprising and hsat forms of social breakdown—including the literal and social isolation of seniors, the institutional abandonment of poor neighborhoods, and the retrenchment of public assistance programs—contributed to the high fatality rates. Interesting reading on a disaster that hopefully will never happen again.

The police and fire departments were over-worked and there was no ability to coordinate services or even recognize the situation existed.

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Micaela di Leonardo The Nation. The book focuses on four phenomenon: Jul 26, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: He has no notion of conciseness—he could have conveyed all of the same information in a third of the page count.

A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. Klinenberg’s assertion is two-fold. For the Second Edition Klinenberg has added a new Preface showing how climate change has made extreme weather events in urban centers a major challenge for cities and nations across our planet, one that will require commitment to climate-proofing changes to infrastructure rather than just relief responses.

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