: 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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Apr 05, Cdon rated it liked it. Lists with This Book. Jul 26, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: These actions were part of a concerted effort to govern and manage media coverage through public relations tactics.

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This is a brilliant and important book. 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. A provocative, fascinating book, one that applies to much more than weather disasters. A damning indictment of all the dramatis personae who share the blame for what went wrong during the Chicago heat wave ofresulting in a death toll exceeding Sep 16, molly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: May 15, Kyle Bell rated it it was amazing.

Urban Neighborhoods and the Ecology of Support 3. The forces that affected Chicago so disastrously remain in play in America’s cities, and we ignore them at our peril. 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. Fighting for Air delivers a call to action, revealing a rising generation of new media activists and citizen journalists — a coalition of liberals and conservatives—who are demanding and even creating the local coverage they need and deserve.

The city added ambulances, contracted with local cab companies to transport city residents to cooling centers, and paid outreach workers to go door to door in neighborhoods with high concentrations of seniors.


Even then, roughly one-third of the cases never moved beyond the public agency. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose.

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

It says a lot about segregation and poverty in Chicago. A trenchant, multilayered and well-written social autopsy of disaster. The City of Extreme 1. 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.

The human dimensions of the catastrophe remain unexplored. He has written it in a manner which allows scholars, activists, community planners and policy-makers to draw lessons, so that it may never happen again. 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. Feb 21, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, it’s a book where the academic language and structure are such a drag to get through, obscuring information rather than clarifying it.

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Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker. Instead, they claimed that “government alone cannot do it all”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This was a perfect book to help me in my research, so I used the klinemberg wave as my case study for my paper.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

Also, the extremely academic style made it difficult for me to connect with the content more than superficially, which defeated a lot of the book’s purpose, in my opinion. July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach wwave.

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.


That said, he sums everything up in the first chapter and every chapter after that simply repeats. We really are the stupidest people on earth.

I decided to write a paper on social and political dysfunction before, during, and after natural disasters. A local there asked me, with the sort of perverse pride most of us take in the quirks of our homelands, how I liked the Texas heat. 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.

In Heat WaveEric Klinenberg takes us inside the anatomy of the metropolis to conduct what he calls a “social autopsy,” examining the social, political, and institutional organs of the city that made this urban disaster so much worse than it ought to have been. Indeed, the city failed to even implement its own emergency management plan for the disaster.

Jul 02, Kristina rated it really liked it. I had to read this when Klinwnberg learned it was about a major disaster that took place less than 10 years ago, that I somehow never heard about — and me only 4 hours away by car! In order to get out of their rooms and apartments, however, both the poor and elderly need to have welcoming and cool places to go, they need to feel safe walking their neighborhood streets and sidewalks, and they need to feel connected with or at least trusting of their neighbors and surrounding communities.

Chicago and Illinois Political Science: The Social Production of Isolation 2.

A quick survey of Chicagoan friends and family found that not a single one knew of the huge death toll, although they certainly remembered the heat wave. The heat wave exposed the significant weaknesses of the service delivery methods of the Chicago municipal government.