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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A provocative, fascinating wavr, one that applies to much more than weather disasters. A Social Autopsy of Kllinenberg in Chicagohas noted that the map of heat-related deaths in Chicago mirrors the map of poverty. In Heat WaveEric Klinenberg takes 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. In Chicago, people still debate whether the medical examiner exaggerated the numbers and wonder if the kpinenberg was a “media event.
Although so many city residents died that the coroner had to call in nine refrigerated trucks to store the bodies, skepticism about the trauma continues today.
Governing by Public Relations 5. Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end that soon.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Retrieved from ” https: Klinenberg touched every base, took no shortcuts, and has produced a sociological masterpiece.
Refresh and try again. It is well-suited for required reading in public health klinenberb social science courses and for klinenber armchair reading. 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.
As Klinenberg demonstrates in this incisive and gripping account of the contemporary urban condition, the widening cracks in the social foundations of Hezt cities that the Chicago heat wave made visible have by no means subsided as the temperatures returned to normal.
This is a stunningly good book, a rare work with broad vision, theoretical savvy, and prodigious leg work in government bureaus, city news rooms, haet tough neighborhoods. The human dimensions of the catastrophe remain unexplored. July UK UK. Thus, such emergency measures as Chicago’s five cooling centers were not fully utilized.
The medical system of Chicago was severely taxed as thousands were taken to local hospitals with heat-related problems. A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. The Chicago heat wave was a heat wave which led to heat-related deaths in Chicago over a period of five days.
The heat wave was caused by a large high pressure system that traversed across qave midwest United States. Between 14 and 20 July, more Chicago residents died than in a typical week for that month. Journal of American History.
The State of Disaster: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why don’t Americans sweat over heat-wave deaths? Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker.
It was impossible to know how many more victims remained in their homes, undiscovered. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: It’s hard to put down Heat Wave without believing you’ve just read a tale of slow murder by public policy. 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. Many older citizens were also hesitant to open windows and doors at night for fear of crime.
Want to Read saving…. Thousands of other stricken by heat-related illnesses were treated in emergency rooms.
At Northwestern University just north of Chicago, summer school students lived in dormitories without air conditioning. Each of the above-mentioned years’ summers did have high-humidity heat waves as well, although was a possible exception in some areas. Because of the nature of the disaster, and the slow response of authorities to recognize it, no official “death toll” has kilnenberg determined.
The Urban Inferno Introduction: In fact, hrat health scholars have established that the proportional death toll from the heat wave in Chicago has no equal in the record of U. A Call to Action”.
Urban Neighborhoods and the Ecology of Support 3. Retrieved 16 March 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 News Organizations and the Representation of Catastrophe Conclusion: In many cases police delivered decomposed hezt to the morgue several days ,linenberg the date of death because no one had noticed that the person had not been seen in awhile.
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Statistics about the averaged July monthly average temperatures from — give us a mean of 74 degrees F and a standard deviation of 2. Incoming bodies were scattered around the office, and many of the examined corpses remained unclaimed because there were no next of kin.
Those klinenbsrg developed heatstroke suffered permanent damage, such as loss of independent function and multisystem organ failures.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Yet they hardly generate the kind of buzz that hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or wildfires do.