1114 ajs volume 108 number 5 permission to reprint a book review in this section may be obtained only from the review's author book reviews heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago. To the editor: as commissioner of the chicago department of public health and an important figure in my book, heat wave, john wilhelm has a distinctive view of whether he and the administration.
Eric klinenberg, assistant professor of sociology at new york university (formally of northwestern university), wrote heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago in order to further investigate the devastating chicago heat wave of 1995. Few, however, remember the scale of human devastation during that catastrophic week, according to eric klinenberg, assistant professor of sociology at northwestern university and author of the new book heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago, (university of chicago press.
Eric klinenberg is professor of sociology and director of the institute for public knowledge at new york university he is the author of going solo: the extraordinary rise and surprising appeal of living alone (the penguin press, 2012), fighting for air: the battle to control america's media (metropolitan books, 2007), and heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago (university of. Klinenberg's book investigates the heat wave of midsummer 1995 and its human and institutional impacts on the city of chicago the heat index reached 126f on july 13th on july 14th, chicago. Eric klineberg's social autopsy of the chicago heat wave looks at the social isolation of seniors who lived in high-crime neighborhoods and were afraid to leave their houses or open t this includes new orleans and other areas prone to hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago ©2002, 2015, 328 pages, 35 halftones, 3 maps, 7 figures, 12 tables for information on purchasing the book—from bookstores or here online—please go to the webpage for heat wave.
Combining a broader social vision with closely focused analysis, heat wave is as interesting for its conceptual and methodological intelligence as for its acute observations into the failures of public response to social problems. In heat wave, eric 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.
Heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago on thursday, july 13, 1995, chicagoans awoke to a blistering day in which the temperature would reach 106 degrees the heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit 126 degrees by the time the day was over. In _heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago_ (university of chicago press), klinenberg has looked at the week-long heat wave of july 1995, which killed over 700 people (another comparison: the famous chicago fire of 1871 killed about three hundred.
Heat waves in the united states kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters put together focusing on the 1995 chicago heatwave klinenberg demonstrates the cracks in the. That is the implicit verdict of eric klinenberg's heat wave: a social autopsy of disaster in chicago, a sensitive postmortem of the heat-related deaths of a staggering 739 chicago citizens.
Eric klinenberg presents a very detailed account of the week-long deadly heat wave that took its toll on the city of chicago in mid july 1995, leaving 485 (739 as calculated by the excess death rate) residents dead as a direct result of heat related illnesses. Eric klinenberg calls his ethnographic study of the 1995 chicago heat wave a social autopsy, which is a useful and suggestive way to describe both the horrific event itself and his holistic research methods using formal interviews, participant observation, archival research, and quantitative.