: 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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A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago On Heay, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. Despite the fact that I was there, I never realized what a public health disaster this heat wave and other previous and subsequent ones was for Chicago until this book was assigned to me in grad school.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

It says a lot about segregation and poverty in Chicago. In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom — the sharp increase in the number wwve people who live alone — that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

Dealt with systemic neglect of marginalised communities within Chicago. Klinenberg’s book is illustrated with indelible images of the disaster, including photos of emergency workers removing victims in body bags from locked, air-tight apartments: Open Preview See a Problem?

Heat Wave exposes the systematic breakdown of local government at multiple levels in Chicago. The forces that affected Chicago so disastrously remain in play in America’s cities, and we ignore them at our peril.


It is a cautionary tale as weather becomes more extreme in the U. All these conditions formed this disaster. Outside the USA, see our international sales information.

In the compelling, sobering, and exhaustively researched Heat WaveEric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason.

The personal possessions of dozens of the heat wave victims, including Laczko, remain filed in cardboard boxes at the County Building to this day. Oct 02, Julie rated it liked it.

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Return to Book Page. The work illuminates the contemporary problems of aging, popery, and community neglect with great skill and sensitivity. Jan 23, Fishface rated it liked it. Between 14 and 20 July, more Chicago residents died than in a typical week for that month.

City Services in klinenber Empowerment Era 4. Recommended if you’re in the mood to do some work to get to the meat of the story; it brought me right back to grad school but in a “late night exhausted reading session” way more than a “stimulating class discussion” way.

Even then, roughly one-third of the cases never moved beyond the public agency. 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.

These neighborhoods were described klinemberg “bombed out” and “warzones” by their own residents. The city and federal government also failed on a number of other measures.


An interesting look at the heat wave that killed hundreds of Chicago residents.

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 forceful account of what it means to be poor, old, sick and alone in klinenbrg era of American entrepreneurial government.

The many deaths were mainly the old and the poor, living alone, who endured a culture of fear fear of criminal activity in their area and lack of safe public spaces.

It’s absolutely an important disaster worth reading about, especially considering how little it’s represented in US history of natural disasters and their not so natural consequences. Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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

I just saw Cooked, a documentary film running in the Environmental Film Fest that is based on this book. Living on meager social security chec The first half of this book, detailing the Chicago Heat Wave that killed people, is actually quite fascinating. 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, and the retrenchment of public assistance programs—contributed to the high fatality rates.

Neil Steinberg Chicago Sun-Times.