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: 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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However, his writing style was horrific: The poor, the elderly, and the isolated are forgotten about in society which directly contributes to their demise during a disaster. Dealt with systemic neglect of marginalised communities within Chicago. He has written it in a manner which allows scholars, activists, community planners and policy-makers to draw lessons, heeat that it may never happen again.

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About Contact News Giving to the Press. Eric Klineberg’s “social autopsy” of the Chicago heat wave looks at the social isolation of seniors who lived in high-crime neighborhoods and klonenberg afraid to leave their houses or open t I was recently stunned by the fact that Cook County had the highest number of weather-related deaths of any county in the U.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster inKlinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes that reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, klinenbfrg the postwar era.

I had no idea how many people this kills every year, and I definitely had no idea how current-day America kills off kilnenberg elderly by stranding them in lousy neighborhoods with nobody to look in on them, where they’re so scared by the news stories that they barricade themselves into their tiny, airless apartments and don’t dare open their windows even when it gets above a hundred degrees.

A comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward. Hurricane Katrina and its 1, deaths. Surprisingly to me, at least it was the Chic When you think about disasters that caused a whole bunch of deaths in one swoop in the US in the last 25 or 30 years outside of a waryou probably think about the September 11 attacks, which killed 2, in the US.

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There are reasons – not of them especially good – why people don’t think of heatwaves in the same way they think of earthquakes or tornadoes: Instead, they overheated and died in their prison-like apartments. Top city officials tried to gloss over the event as much as possible.

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.

That is a huge difference, and one that we should try to explain. 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 —in the great Chicago heat wave, one of the deadliest in American history. 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.

Heat Wave Quotes by Eric Klinenberg

Heaat city added ambulances, contracted with local cab hext to transport city residents to cooling centers, and paid outreach workers to go door to klinenebrg in neighborhoods with high concentrations of seniors. Living check to check means that they could not afford to lose any possessions because they would not be able to replace them, so they would not take the risk.

Indeed, the city failed to even implement its own eme Klinenberg meticulously documents the travesty that was the Chicago heat wave of Living on meager social security chec The first half of this book, detailing the Chicago Heat Wave that killed people, is actually quite fascinating.

Want to Read saving…. It says a lot about segregation and poverty in Chicago. But how, exactly, can this be done? However, after the first third or so of the book, I found it very dull – much like reading a thesis paper, with few real life klinenbegr and many generalizations about the political structure of Chicago and the media presentation of the disaster. Between going to Canada for five World Cup matches including the final — woo!

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Overall, though, it’s a worthwhile read – as well as a warning klinenberh tragedies that heay await many cities in America in our warmer future.

Such an analysis uncovers the underlying structural inputs klinenbwrg this tragedy, which have largely been obscured by government officials and the media, as official reports and news coverage alike attributed the heat wave death toll to solely a meteorological event One contrast that I wabe especially interesting was between my own neighborhood of Little Village on the West Side of Chicago, and the neighborhood immediately adjacent- North Lawndale.

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. And by July 20, over seven hundred people had perished.

I found it fascinating how a state’s prior management or lack of of their city could result in such destructive consequences. Mar 06, Ruilinch rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Chicago, Illinois United States.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

These actions were part of a concerted effort to govern and manage media coverage through public relations tactics. Aug 16, cory rated it really liked it Shelves: The main driver was the heat wave of which caused more than deaths. Given the global trends toward creation wav larger cities and overall warming climate for many temperate North American cities, this is a very relevant warning.

Return to Book Page. Neil Steinberg Chicago Sun-Times. We took turns taking cold baths. 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. Sep aave, molly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: