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.
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 a As his title indicates, Klinenberg employs more than the typical tools of sociology—ethnographic fieldwork, participation observation, interviews, archival research, mapping, and statistical analysis 13 —to retroactively explore the heat wave that took more than lives from Chicago’s most vulnerable.
He also backtracks and repeats himself so much that the point he’s trying to make finally gets lost. The areas with the least number of deaths weren’t distinctive because of ethnic or racial makeup. He has no notion of conciseness—he could have conveyed all of the same information in a third of the page count.
Klinenberg also puts considerable emphasis on racial disparities in the heat deaths. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg
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 crime in their neighborhoods. This is a fabulously written book about the Illinois Heat Wave eirc I really enjoyed getting to learn about what truly happened. Unfortunately, it’s a book where the academic language and klijenberg are I really want to say this book is an urbanist must-read, with its comprehensive look at how multiple urban systems can fail and kill hundreds without anyone in particular being to blame.
The first group of red and yellow vehicles, each about forty-eight feet long, arrived on Friday, but they filled up quickly and dozens of bodies remained. Opening with the story of the Minot tragedy, Fighting for Air takes us into the world of preprogrammed radio shows, empty television news stations, and copycat newspapers to show how corporate ownership and control of local media has remade American political and cultural life.
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. Klinenberg has meticulously documented a great tragedy in recent Chicago History. He also looks at how the city handled the public relations of the disaster, as well as the how the media portrayed events as they were occurring. The central question for me was why so many people died at home alone and this book answered it. In many cases police delivered decomposed bodies to the morgue several days after the date of death because no one had noticed that the person had not been seen in awhile.
They weren’t affected by ecological depletion, collapse of local infrastructure and commerce, population decline, and high levels of violent criminal activity.
What makes Heat Wave such an essential book at this moment in American politics is that, using the heat wave as his paradigm, Klinenberg has written a kllnenberg account of what it means to be poor, old, sick and alone in the era of American entrepreneurial government.
July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I found it fascinating how a state’s prior management or lack of of their city could result in such destructive consequences. Many of us might not think of a heat wave as a natural disaster in the way we think, jeat, of hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes.
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Of course, I have an obligatory heat ilinenberg story- I was 9 and spent the worst of it in my klinebberg North Side apartment without power or AC. The perils of weathering a hurricane, a tsunami’s destruction of property, and the human drama of a flood all make for riveting tales of struggle and survival. The author is at his most compelling when he compares North Lawndale and South Lawndale. Klinenbedg by July 20, over seven hundred people had perished-more than twice the number that died in klibenberg 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.
Twenty-three of forty-five local hospitals in Chicago were on “bypass status”. Listen to an interview on National Public Radio. 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.
The deaths were preventable. Jan 23, Fishface rated it liked it.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Klinenberg
As his title indicates, Klinenberg employs more than the typical tools of sociology—ethnographic fieldwork, participation observation, interviews, wavd research, mapping, and statistical analysis 13 —to retroactively explore the heat wave that took more than lives from Chicago’s most vulnerable.
The author describes heat waves as “silent and invisible kills of silenced and invisible people”. We really are the stupidest people on earth. 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.
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.
Apr 05, Cdon rated it liked it. A trenchant, multilayered and well-written social autopsy of disaster.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
The city and federal government also failed on a number of other measures. 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.
Nov 06, Comtesse DeSpair rated it liked it. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The City of Extreme 1. The first half of this book, detailing the Chicago Heat Wave that killed people, is actually quite fascinating. First, he argues that the city did not take the threat of the heat k,inenberg seriously, failed to implement their own plan, and massively bungled the aftermath.
There’s been a play based off of the book, however; that I really might be interested in seeing. 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.
It’s a heavy read, but not too dense. The human dimensions of the catastrophe remain unexplored. 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. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: