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Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

In July 1965 Chicago suffered a blistering week long heatwave that buckled streets and left over 700 people dead. Klinenberg discusses how such fatalities could have happened in a modern American city.

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ISBN 9780226443225
Published 15 July 2003 by The University of Chicago Pres
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Klinenberg, Eric
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ISBN-13 9780226443225
ISBN-10 0226443221
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher The University of Chicago Pres
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Publication Date 15 July 2003
International Publication Date 12 August 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Klinenberg, Eric
Category Social Impact Of Disasters
Global Warming
Environmental Impact Of Natural Disasters & Phenomena
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 436g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Older people - Services for, Chicago (Ill.) - Social conditions, Older people - Services for - Illinois - Chicago, Older people - Illinois - Chicago - Social conditions, Disasters - Social aspects - Illinois - Chicago
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 363.34920977311
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In July 1995, Chicagoans suffered through a blistering week-long heat wave that buckled streets and downed portions of the city's power grid. It also left over 700 people dead. In this alarming book, Eric Klinenberg tells us how such fatalities could have happened in a modern American city. The picture he paints - of social breakdown, unresponsive government and poorly equipped public services - is one no reader interested in the current state of American urbanism can afford to ignore.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Heat Wave is an exquisitely written, impeccably researched work, and one could hardly imagine how anyone could do more in a single effort to reveal the deadly social fractures of the cities we live in. 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. --Joe Hermer Canadian Journal of Urban Research

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Author's Bio

Eric Klinenberg is professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. The recipient of an Individual Projects Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in 2000, he is the coeditor of The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness and a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique.

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