: 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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First, he argues that the city did not take the threat of the klinenbwrg wave seriously, failed to implement their own plan, and massively bungled the aftermath.
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Heat Wave Quotes Showing of Even worse, both the fire and police commissioner claimed that their departments were not overwhelmed, despite substantial evidence to the contrary. The book has raised up many interesting points that are worthy of more theoretical attention.
Among these victims, the bodies and belongings of roughly people went unclaimed until the Public Administrators Office initiated an aggressive campaign to seek out relatives who had not noticed that a member of their family was missing.
Read an interview with the author. A mixture of sociology, epidemiology, and personal anecdotes of those who survived or died during a heat wave in a modern US city. Kilnenberg the klinenbedg, Heat Wave offers an exemplary demonstration of how an intensive, multilayered analytical focus on an extreme case or event can yield fresh insight into klknenberg social structures, ecologies, and policies that produce everyday inequity and hardship.
Mar 21, Kangning Huang rated it it was amazing. Feb 22, Catherine rated it it was ok Shelves: The forces that affected Chicago so disastrously remain in play in America’s cities, and we ignore them at our peril.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg
Top city officials tried to gloss over the event as much as possible. You can see where certain aspects are found in cities across America, and not just specific to Chicago. Just as a medical autopsy is performed in order to determine the physiological cause of death, Klinenberg argues that a social autopsy of the heat wave similarly views the city of Chicago as a system of municipal organs in order to identify the social conditions responsible for these collective deaths The social explanation for this discrepancy related to the Mexican cultural emphasis on family and looking out for the elderly, which resulted in providing care that was not provided in North Lawndale.
Surprisingly to me, at least it was the Chic When you think about disasters that caused a whole bunch of deaths in klienberg swoop in the US in the last 25 or 30 years outside of a war wxve, you probably think about the September 11 attacks, which killed 2, in the US. Mar 06, Ruilinch rated it really liked it. The first half of this book, detailing the Chicago Heat Wave that killed people, is actually quite fascinating.
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. We took turns taking cold baths. I had to read this when I learned klinenberrg was about a major wxve that took place less than 10 years ago, that I somehow never heard about — and me only 4 hours away by car!
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Race, Place, and Vulnerability: Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides—and safeguarding democracy. Of course, I have an obligatory heat wave story- I was 9 and spent the worst of it in my dad’s North Side apartment without power or AC.
Quotes from Heat Wave: On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. At times the author’s background as an academic comes through, and not necessarily in a good way, as the information is presented in a less compelling manner. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
I was too hot to even read. 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.
All told, the volume provides interesting insight into how different communities thought about the disaster. Micaela di Leonardo The Nation. The work illuminates the contemporary problems of aging, popery, and community neglect with great skill and sensitivity. Early in the morning of January 18,a train derailment sent a cloud of poisonous gas drifting toward the small town. It was impossible to know how many more victims remained in their homes, undiscovered.
The majority of the deaths were isolated elderly people who lived in poverty-ridden areas, and Klinenberg does an excellent job detailing the social causes for their deaths. I get the impression, however, that he’s writing very much for an audience of other sociologists, and that the dictates of his discipline explain much of his style.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
They weren’t affected by ecological depletion, collapse of local infrastructure and commerce, population decline, and high levels of violent criminal activity. On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. 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 k,inenberg look at how multiple urban systems can fail and kill hundreds without anyone in klinenbeerg being to blame.
Through a combination of years of fieldwork, klinennberg 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.
Little Village, hext Mexican neighborhood, had a very low rate of heat-related illness, whereas North Lawndale, an African-American neighborhood, had many deaths. 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 events.