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.

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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 Heat Wave Quotes Showing of Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People urges us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life. Micaela di Leonardo The Nation. 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.

Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the heartbreaking manner of the deaths resulting from the Chicago heat wave. May 02, Sunny Moraine rated it really liked it. The five-dollar words and windy sentences make for a very dry read.

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. I have to say, though, the facts and figures he presents klinenbsrg pretty I had to read this when I 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!

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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. His focus is on how a large metropolitan area can be brought to it’s knees by a sustained heat wave. Read reviews that mention heat wave natural disasters heat waves public health natural disaster eric klinenberg social autopsy reads like kill more people elderly and poor wave in chicago autopsy erix disaster well written disasters combined social structure reading this book people die wave social many people reading this book.


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On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach degrees. But his ultimate achievement is aave more significant. In the compelling, sobering, and exhaustively researched Heat WaveEric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason.

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Fabulous study of a catastrophe that is very rarely discussed. Open Preview See a Problem? Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the heartbreaking manner of the deaths resulting from the Chicago heat wave. There’s been a play based off of the book, however; that I really might be interested in seeing.


Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

Hext interesting look at the heat wave that killed hundreds of Chicago residents. Apparently methodologically controversial, at least where a couple people are concerned, though I have yet to read the articles.

The human catastrophe, he argues, cannot simply be blamed on the failures of any particular individuals or organizations. All told, the volume provides interesting insight into how different communities thought about the disaster. Dec 26, Joseph Schlesinger rated it it was amazing.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dec 29, AJ P rated it really klinnberg it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. 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: Well written and being non-fiction I was compelled to do more reading about the heatwave after i finished reading it.

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

On Thursday, July 13,Chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would het degrees. Read an author interview in Smithsonian Magazine. Neil Steinberg Chicago Sun-Times. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Even worse, both the fire and police commissioner claimed that their departments were not overwhelmed, despite substantial evidence to the contrary.

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A trenchant, multilayered and well-written social autopsy of disaster. Klinenberg’s book was written as a dissertation in sociology, so its methodology and supporting evidence are sound, but it seems to have been revised only minimally if at all for a lay audience. I’ll concede that the content has value; it was interesting and eye-opening and appropriately infuriating. Shortly after this heat wave had passed I flew down to visit my eruc in Texas.