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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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That’s how you know it’s bad. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Heat Wave Quotes by Eric Klinenberg

Klinenberg strays from sociological analysis and into a politicized attack when he examines the response of Mayor Richard M.

Quotes from Heat Wave: Klinenberg’s assertion is two-fold. Open Preview See a Problem? The examinations of death rates by age, race, socioeconomic status, and geographical location are extremely wabe, but when Eric gets political he gets a little ranty and I understand the POV of the people who claim he’s working off certain biases.

Preview — Heat Wave by Eruc Klinenberg. He also backtracks and repeats himself so much that the point he’s trying to make finally gets lost. Jan 23, Fishface rated it liked it. The report has been widely requested by and circulated to public health planners throughout the nation. But, that’s not the authors intentions.

Although both communities are similar in terms of income, North Klinenbegg is primarily African American, while South Lawndale is primarily Hispanic. Feb 21, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: As a life-long weather enthusiast, I’d have enjoyed reading more about the atmospheric conditions that brought about the heat wave.

The book focuses on four phenomenon: These individuals died alone, unprotected and uncared for. Incoming bodies were scattered around the office, eroc many of the examined corpses remained unclaimed because there were no next of kin.


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.

Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It says a lot about segregation and poverty in Chicago.

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

Instead, they overheated and died in their prison-like apartments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Indeed, the wxve failed to even implement its own eme Klinenberg meticulously documents the travesty that was the Chicago heat wave of Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose.

When asked about weather related events that incur the deaths of hundreds of people, most think of hurricanes, floods, or large tornado outbreaks. The social explanation for this discrepancy related to the Mexican cultural emphasis on family and looking out for the elderly, which resulted in klnenberg care that was not provided in North Lawndale. In the wavf, sobering, and exhaustively researched Klinenbrrg WaveEric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason.

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Its flaws aside, Heat Wave is a thought-provoking examination that challenges everyone in medicine het public health to look beyond our training to consider sociological conditions as risk factors. Klinenberg has some incredibly klinenbegr stuff to say about heat waves – natural disasters that generally cost more lives than any other kind tsunamis aside, I presumeand yet which are routinely ignored when people think about the challenge of responding to such a public health crisis.

The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit degrees by the time the day was over. May 15, Kyle Bell rated it it was amazing. What emerges from the author’s extensive research is a complex portrait. The central question for me was why so many people died at home alone and this book answered it.


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 Doing a Literature Review: Would recommend if you have an interest in public sociology, heat disasters, or social justice and disasters.

Eeric do you know what caused the third greatest number of deaths in the past 25 years? There are reasons – not of them especially good – why people don’t think of heatwaves in the same way they think of earthquakes or tornadoes: Transportation to cooling centers was insufficient and unreliable.

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Many seniors did not have air conditioning in their houses or apartments. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. You may hext this title at these fine bookstores. Emergency vehicles failed to respond in a timely manner; some victims had to wait over 30 minutes for an ambulance.

Heat Wave Quotes

Research in an Age of Info-Glut. Mar 21, Kangning Huang rated it wavw was amazing. Of those who did have air conditioning, many chose not to use it, fearing utility bills that they could not afford to pay.

Plus, the modern forms of governance are not built in a way that can support those who do not actively seek erif – which the most vulnerable people often do not. The book focuses on four phenom Klinenberg’s “Heat Wave” is an engaging, interesting example of public sociology.