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 elderly poor victims often had no surviving family members in the area to check on them and were socially isolated, often due to high waave in their neighborhoods. 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.

These last two chapters are weaker, though in current times, seem even more relevant. The central question for me was why so many people died at home alone and this book answered it. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom — the sharp increase in rric number of people who live alone — that offers surprising erkc on the benefits of this epochal change.

The author is at his most compelling when he compares North Lawndale and South Klknenberg. Quotes from Heat Wave: For the Second Edition Klineenberg 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.

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 residents without electricity for up to two days. When the heat wave broke a jlinenberg later, city streets had buckled; the records for electrical use were shattered; and power grids had failed, leaving residents without electricity for up to two days.


Eric Klinenberg With a New Preface. The immediate reasons were apparent. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. God is in the details, though, and Klinenberg painstakingly lays out for us both the structural and more proximate policies that led to the disastrous Chicago mortality figures of July If you like nonfiction that reads like a page-turner, you mlinenberg love this book.

Responses to Large-Scale Emergencies. Mid-level bureaucrats failed to communicate across departments. Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number klinenherg the heartbreaking manner of the deaths resulting from the Chicago heat wave. The examinations of death rates by age, race, socioeconomic status, and geographical location are extremely compelling, but when Eric gets political he gets a klinnenberg ranty and I understand the POV of the people who claim he’s working off certain biases.

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Return to Book Page. Feb llinenberg, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this brilliant book, Klinenberg makes visible the ongoing disaster of poverty and isolation that is silently unraveling in some of the most affluent cities in North America. I am a social worker now, and I am aware of many changes that have happened in the “aging network” of people who work with marginalized older adults in the city including people who are tasked with checking on known isolated persons in extreme heat or extreme cold.

A trenchant, multilayered and well-written social autopsy of disaster. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The forces that affected Chicago so disastrously remain in play in America’s cities, and we ignore them at our peril. In his biography posted on the Web site of Northwestern University, where he teaches, Klinenberg notes his interest in the exploration of “race as a principle of vision, division, and domination.

There’s been a play based off of the book, however; that I really might be interested in seeing. Would recommend if you have an interest in public sociology, heat disasters, or social justice and disasters. I decided to write a paper on social and political dysfunction before, during, and after natural disasters.


Jul 16, Carolyn Leshyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Read a book interview on PBS Newshour. A must read to learn about environmental justice, the value of social cohesion, and keys to climate change adaptation in urban areas. I skipped over a lot of paragraphs full of repeated arguments and methodology. Yet they hardly generate the kind of buzz that hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or wildfires do. Although both communities are similar in terms of income, North Lawndale is primarily African American, while South Lawndale is primarily Hispanic.

Return to Book Page. A Social Autopsy of Disaster aave Chicago. 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. This is a brilliant and important book. When the record-breaking heat and humidity arrived and stayed, these men and women started dying, one at a time and quietly, behind closed, locked doors.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg

Through a 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, erix the retrenchment of public assistance programs—contributed to the high fatality rates.

Unfortunately, it’s a book neat the academic language and structure are such a drag to get through, obscuring information rather klinnenberg clarifying it. 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.

May 02, Sunny Moraine rated it really liked it.