Review Quotes Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker "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 what happened during that week in July. 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 But his ultimate achievement is far more significant. In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster in , Klinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes that reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, throughout the postwar era.
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Start your review of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago Write a review Shelves: politics , nature , general-history , economics , biology , complexity , medicine , american-history , nonfiction , to Dry but valuable content on a quiet disaster which killed hundreds, the Chicago Heat Wave of It killed mostly old, poor, men living alone in dilapidated apartments in crime-ridden neighborhoods.
People easily overlooked and discarded. The city did not respond well to this crisis and the politicians denied, deflected, and defended their response. The reason this is important is that these days there Dry but valuable content on a quiet disaster which killed hundreds, the Chicago Heat Wave of The reason this is important is that these days there are more solitary, old, poor, neglected men and women and thanks to global warming more heat waves and more discardable neighborhoods and people less support from society Thanks Republicans and one percent So the problem is even bigger now.
In order to get out of their rooms and apartments, however, both the poor and elderly need to have welcoming and cool places to go, they need to feel safe walking their neighborhood streets and sidewalks, and they need to feel connected with or at least trusting of their neighbors and surrounding communities.
We took turns taking cold baths. I was too hot to even read. Despite the fact that I was there, I never realized what a public health disaster this heat wave and other previous and subsequent ones was for Chicago until this book was assigned to me in grad school. A quick survey of Chicagoan friends and family found that not a single one knew of the huge death toll, although they certainly remembered the heat wave.
Given the global trends toward creation of larger cities and overall warming climate for many temperate North American cities, this is a very relevant warning.
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
He argues that hot weather by itself does not explain why so many Chicagoans died that summer and goes on to tell us he will present the results of his social autopsy of the deaths. What does he mean by social autopsy? Why does it matter whether it was the weather or social structures that caused the deaths? Why does Klinenberg question this way of framing what happened? What value do "extreme events" such as the heat wave have to sociologists who seek to understand the impact that social institutions and social structures have on our lives? Which types of residents of Chicago were over-represented among the people who died in the heat wave?
Who Is Most at Risk During a Heat Wave?
Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph. Updated March 06, This month July marks the twentieth anniversary of the week-long Chicago heat wave that killed over people. Unlike other types of natural disasters, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and blizzards, heat waves are silent killers--their destruction is wreaked in private homes rather than in public. Paradoxically, despite the fact that heat waves are often far more deadly than these others kinds of natural disasters, the threats they pose receive very little media and popular attention. The news we do hear about heat waves is that they are most risky to the very young and very old. Helpfully, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that those who live alone, do not leave home on a daily basis, lack access to transportation, are ill or bedridden, socially isolated, and lack air conditioning are most at risk of perishing during a heat wave.
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But his ultimate achievement is far more significant. In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster in , Klinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes that reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, throughout the postwar era. 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. The result is a riveting tale of disaster, a book that we will be talking about for years. By analyzing the social and political causes of so-called heat deaths, Eric Klinenberg has powerfully illuminated the causation and culpability associated with the terrible events in Chicago. The book is not only intellectually exciting but may also help to save a great many lives. How hot was it?