: 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 β€œ social autopsy,” which is a useful and suggestive way to describe both the horrific .

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Books by Eric Klinenberg. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In fact, public kliinenberg scholars have established that the proportional death toll from the heat wave in Chicago has no equal in the record of U.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Klinenberg

Heat Wave Quotes Klinennerg of When the heat On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit degrees by the time the day was over.

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 β€”in the great Chicago heat wave, one of the deadliest in American history. The five-dollar words and windy sentences make for a very dry read. There’s been a play based off of the book, however; that I really might be interested in seeing.

Wsve 05, Eric B. 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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The central question for me was why so many people died at home alone and this book answered it. The author describes heat waves as “silent and invisible kills of silenced and invisible people”. Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. 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.


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 hear identify the conditions that contributed to the deaths of so many Chicago residents that July.

The first group of red and yellow vehicles, each about forty-eight feet long, wafe on Friday, but they filled up quickly and dozens of bodies remained. Micaela di Leonardo The Nation. No trivia or quizzes yet. The areas with the least number of deaths weren’t distinctive because of ethnic or racial makeup.

The Urban Inferno Introduction: Klinenberg has meticulously documented a great tragedy in recent Chicago History. I just saw Cooked, a documentary film running in the Environmental Film Fest that is based on this book. 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 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.

Oct 02, Julie rated it liked it. The book is accessibly written, with each chapter investigating a different facet of the disaster. It is well-suited for required reading in public health lkinenberg social science courses and for fascinating armchair reading.

Even worse, both the fire and police commissioner claimed that their departments were not overwhelmed, despite substantial evidence heah the contrary. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Open Preview See a Problem? Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. Canadian Journal of Urban Research.


Dealt with systemic neglect of marginalised communities within Chicago. Some people might find that stuff interesting, but I ended up skimming the last half of the book.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. He also backtracks and repeats himself so much that the point he’s trying to make finally gets lost.

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Damn, these sociological dissections of disaster are pretty fabulous from the ones I’ve reviewed so far. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. All these conditions formed this disaster. 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. Ok, so I did not read the whole thing, but moat academic books are not meant to be read through, much the less this one, which moves so slowly and can be very dull at times.

Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the heartbreaking manner klinnenberg the deaths resulting from the Chicago heat wave. It is definitely a worthwhile read if you are interested at all in taking a closer look at social structures within our population or disaster management.

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