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. Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (Illinois) [Eric Klinenberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On Thursday, July 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 .

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Eric Klinenberg With a New Preface. On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke klinenbberg a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit degrees by the time the day was over.

Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end that soon. 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.

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

And by July 20, over seven hundred wavw 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.

Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the klinenber manner of the deaths resulting from the Chicago heat wave.

In Heat WaveEric Klinenberg klinenbery 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.


Starting with the heta of wve so many people hext at home alone, Klinenberg investigates why some neighborhoods experienced greater mortality than others, how the klinenbefg government responded to the crisis, and how journalists, scientists, and public officials reported on and explained these events. 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.

The human catastrophe, he argues, cannot simply be blamed on the failures of any particular individuals or organizations. For when hundreds of people die behind locked doors and sealed windows, out of contact with friends, family, community groups, and public agencies, everyone is implicated in their demise. As Klinenberg demonstrates in this incisive and gripping account of the contemporary urban condition, the widening cracks in the social foundations of American cities that the Chicago heat wave made visible have by no means subsided as the temperatures returned to normal.

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 jlinenberg changes to infrastructure rather than just relief responses. The Urban Inferno Introduction: The City of Extreme 1.

The Social Production of Isolation 2. Race, Place, and Vulnerability: Urban Neighborhoods and the Ecology of Support 3. The State of Disaster: City Services in the Empowerment Era 4.

Governing by Public Relations 5.

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News Organizations and the Representation of Catastrophe Conclusion: Emerging Dangers in the Urban Environment Epilogue: Together in the End Notes Bibliography Index. Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker. Micaela di Leonardo The Nation. A trenchant, multilayered and well-written social autopsy of disaster. God is in the details, though, and Klinenberg painstakingly lays out for us both the structural and more proximate policies that led to the disastrous Chicago mortality figures of July But his ultimate achievement is far more significant.

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, throughout the postwar era.

Yet they hardly generate the kind of buzz that hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or wildfires do. In the compelling, sobering, and exhaustively researched Heat WaveEric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason.


Neil Steinberg Chicago Sun-Times. A provocative, fascinating book, one that applies to much more than weather disasters. 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 the era of American entrepreneurial government.

It’s hard kljnenberg put down Heat Wave without believing you’ve just read a tale of slow murder by public policy. American Journal of Sociology. Klinenberg has meticulously documented a great tragedy in recent Wavf History. 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. Journal of American History. It is well-suited for required reading in public health and social science courses and for fascinating armchair reading.

The work illuminates the contemporary problems of aging, popery, and community neglect with great skill and sensitivity. In the process, Heat Wave offers an exemplary demonstration of how an intensive, multilayered analytical focus on an extreme case or event can yield fresh insight into the social structures, ecologies, and policies that produce everyday inequity and hardship.

It is intellectually exciting. If it is not pathbreaking for the study of political communication, it hsat nonetheless destined to be a recurrent point of reference and an excellent choice for classroom use.

This is a stunningly good book, a rare work with broad vision, theoretical savvy, and heatt leg work in government bureaus, city news rooms, and tough neighborhoods. Klinenberg touched every base, took no shortcuts, and has produced a sociological masterpiece. Canadian Journal of Urban Research.

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. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Chicago and Illinois Political Science: Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr.