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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|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
||Environment & Planning
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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||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
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.