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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Aug 09, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: These include the makeup of neighborhoods that were affected, comparing similar neighborhood with vastly different rates of deaths, to try and understand what factors contributing to the differing toll. By Saturday the number of bodies coming in to the morgue exceeded its bay holding capacity by hundreds. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The people of Minot were taken unawares. 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.

He even goes so far as to compare the abilities of small, independent churches prevalent in North Lawndale and large, Roman Catholic churches prevalent in South Lawndale to look after parishioners. The Social Hest of Isolation 2.

Klinenberg has meticulously documented a great tragedy in recent Chicago History. See all 44 reviews. Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined.

Other descriptions of the mayoral response are similarly off-base. This is a fabulously written book about the Illinois Heat Wave and I really enjoyed getting to learn about what truly happened.

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

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It issues a call for all segments of the population to reestablish those familial and social connections that we once seemed to have but now, all too often, do not. Damn, these sociological dissections of disaster are pretty fabulous from the ones I’ve reviewed so far. Through a mix of historical research and interviews, the author shows how issues such as age, race, and economics affected those who lived, and those who died.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. 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 book has raised up many interesting points that are worthy of more theoretical attention. 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.

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A comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward. 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.


High crime areas devoid of investment from any level of government — essentially abandoned sections of the city — housed an elderly population that was fearful to go outside.

It is well-suited for required reading in public health and social science courses and for fascinating armchair reading. It’s clear from the heat wave that these best practices minimized death in the city — to a still unacceptable, but substantially improved level — even without addressing the underlying social impacts of failed neoliberal policies. A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom — the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone — that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

Klinenberg meticulously documents the travesty that was the Qave heat wave of In his biography posted on the Web site of Northwestern University, where he teaches, Klinenberg notes his interest in the exploration of “race as a principle of vision, division, and domination. The deaths were preventable. As a life-long weather enthusiast, I’d have enjoyed reading more about the atmospheric conditions that brought about the heat wave.

Unfortunately, it’s a book where the academic language and structure are such a drag to get through, obscuring information rather than clarifying it. Eric Klineberg’s “social autopsy” of the Chicago heat wave looks at the social isolation wvae seniors who lived in high-crime neighborhoods and were afraid to leave their houses or open the windows during the heat wave. I hadn’t thought this way.