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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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 poor and elderly–is essential for survival in a heat wave.

The areas with the lea Klinenberg has completed an extensive examination of the heat wave in Chicago by looking into the social and cultural conditions, the political ramifications and tne institutional aspects of the disaster. It’s hard to put down Heat Wave without believing you’ve just read a wwave of slow murder by public policy.

Many of us might not think of a heat wave as a natural disaster in the way we think, say, of hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes. Eric Klineberg’s “social autopsy” of the Chicago heat wave looks at the social isolation of seniors who lived in high-crime neighborhoods and were afraid to leave their houses or open the windows during the heat wave. Feb 22, Catherine rated it it was ok Shelves: The human catastrophe, he argues, cannot simply be blamed on the failures of any particular individuals or organizations.


In his biography posted on the Web site of Northwestern University, where he heaat, Klinenberg notes his interest in the exploration of “race as a principle of vision, division, and domination. Together in the End Notes Bibliography Index. Volcanic activity, who knew!

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That said, he sums everything up in the first chapter and every chapter after that simply repeats. Return to Book Page.

I just saw Cooked, a documentary film running in the Environmental Film Fest that is based on this book. The immediate reasons were apparent.

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Top city officials tried to gloss over the event as much as possible. When the heat wave broke a week later, city streets had buckled; the records for electrical use were shattered; and power grids had failed, leaving resi July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees.

Outside the USA, see our international sales information. In the compelling, sobering, and exhaustively researched Heat WaveEric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason. It is a lot of factual information, but I found it to be a very interesting case study of the heat wave disaster that killed over people. May 6, Sold by: Indeed, the city failed to even implement its own emergency management plan for the disaster. Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the heartbreaking manner of the deaths resulting from the Chicago heat wave.

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Heat Wave exposes the systematic breakdown of local government at multiple levels in Chicago. 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.

Responses to Large-Scale Emergencies. Meteorologists and medical scientists have been unable to account for the scale of the trauma, and political officials have puzzled over the sources of the city’s vulnerability. The work illuminates the contemporary problems of aging, popery, and community neglect with great skill and sensitivity. The report has been widely requested by and circulated to public health planners throughout the nation.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. 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.

We took turns taking cold baths. 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. The owner of a local meat-packing firm volunteered to bring his fleet of refrigerated trucks to the morgue for storing the excess bodies.