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 thousands of residents without electricity for up to two days. Any by July 20, over 700 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 vulernability. 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. Starting with the question of why so many people died at home alone, Klinenberg investigates why some neighbourhoods experienced greater mortality than others, how the city government responded to the crisis, and how journalists, scientists and public officials reported on and explained these events. Through a combination of years of fieldwork, extensive interviews and archival research, Klinenberg uncovers how a number of surprising and unsettling forms of social breakdown - including the literal and social isolation of seniors, the institutional abandonment of poor neighbourhoods, and the retrenchment of public assistance programmes - contributed to the high fatality rates. The human catastrophe, he argues, cannot simply be blamed on the failures of any particular individuals or organizations. For when hundreds of people die behind locked doors and sealed windows, out of contact with friends, family, community groups and public agencies, everyone is implicated in their demise. As Klinenberg demonstrates in this account of the contemporary urban condition, the widening cracks in the social foundations of American cities that the 1995 Chicago heat wave made visible have by no means subsided as the temperatures returned to normal. The forces that affected Chicago so disastrously remain in play in America's cities, and we ignore them at our peril.
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Eric Klinenberg is an assistant professor of sociology at New York University and has also taught at Northwestern 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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Descrizione libro University of Chicago Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0226443213
Descrizione libro University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2002. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. FIRST PRINTING of the First Edition. A close and interesting analysis of the infamous, historic Chicago heat wave of 1995 in which over seven hundred people perished, the power grid being overloaded and failing, streets buckling under the temperatures - and the investigation that followed to try to find a culprit to blame. Hardcover with dust jacket, contains illustrations, tables, charts, graphs, notes, bibliography, indexed, 305pp. A very nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival plastic protector. Rare. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 00013861
Descrizione libro University of Chicago Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110226443213
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