Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago / Edition 1

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago / Edition 1

by Eric Klinenberg
     
 

"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. Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end that soon. When the… See more details below

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"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. Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end that soon. When the heat wave broke a week later, city streets had buckled; the records for electrical use were shattered; and power grids had failed, leaving residents without electricity for up to two days. And by July 20, over seven hundred people had perished - more than twice the number that died in the Chicago Fire of 1871, twenty times the number of those struck by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 - in the great Chicago heat wave, one of the deadliest in American history." Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. Until now, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the heartbreaking manner of the deaths resulting from the 1995 Chicago heat wave. Meteorologists and medical scientists have been unable to account for the scale of the trauma, and political officials have puzzled over the sources of the city's vulnerability. 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 made this urban disaster so much worse than it ought to have been.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226443218
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,221,751
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Urban Inferno1
Introduction: The City of Extremes14
Ch. 1Dying Alone: The Social Production of Isolation37
Ch. 2Race, Place, and Vulnerability: Urban Neighborhoods and the Ecology of Support79
Ch. 3The State of Disaster: City Services in the Empowerment Era129
Ch. 4Governing by Public Relations165
Ch. 5The Spectacular City: News Organizations and the Representation of Catastrophe185
Conclusion: Emerging Dangers in the Urban Environment225
Epilogue: Together in the End236
Notes243
Bibliography281
Index297

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