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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A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. Starting with the question of why so many people died at home alone, Klinenberg investigates why some neighborhoods experienced greater mortality than others, how the city government responded to the crisis, and how journalists, scientists, and public officials haet on and explained these events.

A must read to learn about environmental justice, the value of social cohesion, and keys to climate change adaptation in urban areas. Overall, though, it’s a worthwhile read – as well as a warning of tragedies that may await many cities in America in our warmer future. 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.

News Organizations and the Representation of Catastrophe Conclusion: 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. The poor, the elderly, and the isolated are forgotten about in society which directly contributes to their demise du I decided to write a paper on social and political dysfunction before, during, and after natural disasters.

Although both communities are similar in terms of income, North Lawndale is primarily African American, while South Lawndale is primarily Hispanic.

Starting with the question of why so many people died at home alone, Klinenberg investigates why some neighborhoods experienced greater mortality than others, how the city government responded to the crisis, and how journalists, scientists, and public officials reported on and explained these hear.

Unfortunately, it’s a book where the academic language and structure are I really want to say this book is an urbanist must-read, with its comprehensive look at how multiple urban systems can fail and kill hundreds klihenberg anyone in particular being to blame.

Klinenberg’s assertion is two-fold. One contrast that I found especially interesting was between my own neighborhood of Little Village on the West Side of Chicago, and the neighborhood klinenbeerg adjacent- North Lawndale. Those that did respond often found that hospitals were klinejberg patients. The Urban Inferno Introduction: In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. Aug 09, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: Eric Klinenberg With a New Preface. Very moving, and does an excellent job of convincing the reader that social isolation and a lack of support for vulnerable populations most particularly, the elderly erci kill.


I sincerely respect the author’s years of effort and the comprehensive research invested into this book. The film is still a work in progress so only about 20 minutes were screened but it’s a fascinating topic. Read this for class. Chicago, Illinois United States. On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees.

Few would think that summer heat would bring on the deaths of over people. It’s hard to put down Heat Wave without believing you’ve just read a tale of slow murder by public policy. The book focuses on four phenom Klinenberg’s “Heat Wave” is an engaging, interesting example of public sociology. The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom — the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone — that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

Klinenberg shows in detail how the tragedy was compounded by many factors and interests, including a public health and medical establishment that did not anticipate the magnitude of the looming danger and local news media that treated the severe heat and humidity as little more than a novel topic for lighthearted feature stories.

Refresh and try again. Transportation to cooling centers was insufficient and unreliable. A damning indictment of all the dramatis personae who share the blame for what went wrong during the Chicago heat wave ofresulting in a death toll exceeding As Klinenberg demonstrates in this incisive and gripping account of the contemporary urban condition, the widening cracks in the social foundations of American cities that the Chicago heat wave made visible have by no means subsided as the temperatures returned to normal.

While a heat wave like this is almost an annual occurrence here in Oklahoma, for the residents of Chicago, it was indeed a tragic yet forgotten disaster of historical proportions.

The raw death totals indicate a rough parity between mortality rates in the black and white populations, but age-adjusted rates supplied by the author claim otherwise.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. When the heat On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees.

Heat Wave Quotes by Eric Klinenberg

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Klinenberg strays from sociological analysis and into a politicized attack when he examines the response of Mayor Richard M. In Heat WaveEric Klinenberg takes us inside the anatomy of the metropolis to conduct what he calls a “social autopsy,” examining the social, political, and institutional organs of the city that made this urban disaster so much worse than it ought to kklinenberg been.

But his ultimate achievement is far more significant.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

God is in the details, though, and Klinenberg painstakingly hheat out for us both the structural and more proximate policies that led to the disastrous Chicago mortality figures of July For sociology klihenberg disasters class. Despite the fact that I was there, I never realized what a public health disaster this heat wave and other previous and subsequent ones was for Chicago until this book was assigned to me in grad school.

The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit degrees by the time the day was over. These individuals died alone, unprotected and uncared for.

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Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. Kennedy rated it really liked waave Shelves: Surprisingly to me, at least it was the Chic When you think about disasters that caused a whole bunch of deaths in one swoop in the US in the last 25 or 30 years outside of a waryou probably think about the September 11 attacks, which killed 2, in the US.

These actions were part of a concerted effort to govern and manage media coverage through public relations tactics. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

It’s definitely not a book I would have either purchased or read were I not a bookish college freshman who dearly values my GPA. Through lkinenberg combination of years of fieldwork, extensive interviews, and archival research, Klinenberg uncovers how a number of surprising and unsettling 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.

What makes Heat Wave such an essential book at this moment in American politics is that, using the heat wave as his paradigm, Klinenberg has written a forceful account of what it means to be poor, old, sick and alone in the era of American entrepreneurial government.

I was recently stunned by the fact that Cook County had the highest number of weather-related deaths of any county in the U.