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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Mayor Daley was similarly guilty of managing the city through public relations denial techniques. The City of Extreme 1. Much of his klinenberf focuses on comparing two neighborhoods that are very dave in some of the basic demographics, and even have the same microclimate, but had VERY different death rates. I get the impression, however, that he’s writing very much for an audience of other sociologists, and that the dictates of his discipline explain much of his style.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
In that case, I’m faulting him for not writing like a historian – not fair of me, but he still only gets two stars as a result. Mid-level bureaucrats failed to communicate across departments. The worrisome lesson asserted in the book’s concluding chapter: Showing of 44 reviews.
This book was very interesting, and it shed light on the dysfunction that is rampant in urban America that leads to tragedies like the Chicago heat wave, or Katrina. Get to Know Us. This was a perfect book to help me in my research, so I used the heat wave as my case study for my paper.
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.
Klinenberg also explores the role the media played in not treated the story with the gravity it deserved until late into the heat wave. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Through his research, he brings in numerous players, not only community members but experts from the fields of medicine, politics, science, and journalism.
By Saturday the number of bodies coming in to the morgue exceeded its bay holding capacity by hundreds. Doing a Literature Review: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Read an interview with the author. Feb 21, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 06, Ruilinch rated it really liked it. This book is organized around a social autopsy of the Chicago heat wave.
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Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg
So, like everyone, I skimmed a lot of it. See all 44 reviews.
Return to Book Page. Jul 09, Lorianne DiSabato rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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He also backtracks and repeats himself so much that the point he’s trying to make finally gets lost. Fighting for Air delivers a call to action, revealing a rising generation of new media activists and citizen journalists — a coalition of liberals and conservatives—who are demanding and even creating the local coverage they need and deserve.
And by July 20, over seven hundred people 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.
The central question for me was why so many people died at home alone and this book answered it. It’s hard to put down Heat Wave without believing you’ve just read a tale of slow murder by public policy. Jan 23, Fishface rated it liked it.
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.
Set up a giveaway. During the heat wave, which was longer-lasting thanChicago mobilized a “Heat Command Center” to check on seniors and provide assistance over the phone. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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.
May 02, Sunny Moraine rated it really liked it. The Social Production of Isolation 2.
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However, the information and content is interesting enough that it more than makes up for any problems with the story-telling itself. Share your thoughts with other customers. Surprisingly to me, at least it was the Chicago heat wave, which took lives over the course of about a week.
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. The book focuses on four phenomenon: Unfortunately, it’s a book where the academic language and structure are such a drag to get through, obscuring information rather than kllinenberg it.