: Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago ( ): Eric Klinenberg: Books. Editorial Reviews. From The New England Journal of Medicine. Like motorists who slow down “By the end of Heat Wave, Klinenberg has traced the lines of culpability in dozens of directions, drawing a dense and subtle portrait of exactly . Eric Klinenberg calls his ethnographic study of the Chicago heat wave a “ social autopsy,” which is a useful and suggestive way to describe both the horrific .

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But do you know what caused the third greatest number of deaths in the past 25 years? 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.

Thousands of other stricken by heat-related illnesses were treated in emergency rooms.

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Buy Now Read Excerpt. When the heat wave broke a week later, city streets had buckled; the records for electrical use were shattered; and power wafe had failed, leaving residents without electricity for up to two days. This book was very interesting, and it shed light on the dysfunction that is rampant in urban America that leads to tragedies like the Chicago heat wave, or Katrina.

American Journal of Sociology. I had to read this when I learned it was about a major disaster that took place less than 10 years ago, that I somehow never heard about — and me only 4 hours away by car!

On the first point, the seven hundred plus death toll is testament to the failure. The missed opportunities, the blatant lies from City Hall and other main actors, the high death toll, it was too much at times and I wanted to throw the book and scream.

Listen to an interview on National Public Radio. Want to Read saving…. The human dimensions of the catastrophe remain unexplored. 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 heat wave exposed the significant weaknesses of the service delivery methods of the Chicago municipal government. 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.

For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: I really recommend it if you want to look at urban dysfunction in the face of a tragedy because this book lays it all on the line.

He also looks at how the city handled the public relations of the disaster, as well as the how the media portrayed events as they were occurring. It is courageous of the author to cover so many materials and perspectives in one book. Books by Eric Klinenberg. A provocative, fascinating book, one that applies to much more than weather disasters.

Trivia About Heat Wave: Just as the medical autopsy opens the body to determine the proximate physiological causes of mortality, this inquiry aims to examine the social organs of the city and identify the conditions that contributed to the deaths of so many Chicago residents that July. Dec 26, Joseph Schlesinger rated it it was amazing.

The City of Extreme 1. Further, the mayor’s office attempted to silence public employees, denying responsibility and renaming the event from a man-made social disaster to a meteorological one.

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klinemberg He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: His statistics are impressive, but ultimately they don’t add up to a compelling story, and while I think he has great things to offer the way we think about urban environments, I felt hfat could have said it in about half the time. All told, the volume provides interesting insight into how different communities thought about the disaster.

There’s been a play based off of the book, however; that I really might be interested in seeing.

Journal of American History. The city and federal government also failed on a number of other dave. It is a lot of factual information, but I found it to be a very interesting case study of the heat wave disaster that hdat over people. Modern Romance with Aziz Ansari. 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 poor kill. This is a stunningly good book, a rare work with broad vision, theoretical savvy, and prodigious leg work in government bureaus, city news rooms, and tough neighborhoods.

Mar 22, Lora marked it as to-read. In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster inKlinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes klinenberv reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, throughout the postwar era.

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 around.

That is a huge difference, and one that we should try to explain. But how, exactly, can this be done? The elderly poor victims often had no surviving family members in the area klinenberf check on them and were socially isolated, often due to high crime in their neighborhoods.