: Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago ( ): Eric Klinenberg: Books. Editorial Reviews. From The New England Journal of Medicine. Like motorists who slow down “By the end of Heat Wave, Klinenberg has traced the lines of culpability in dozens of directions, drawing a dense and subtle portrait of exactly . Eric Klinenberg calls his ethnographic study of the Chicago heat wave a “ social autopsy,” which is a useful and suggestive way to describe both the horrific .

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Heat Wave by Eric Klinenberg. Heat Wave Quotes Showing of A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Among these victims, the bodies and belongings klineberg roughly people went unclaimed until the Public Administrators Office initiated an aggressive campaign to seek out relatives who had not noticed that a member of their family was missing.

Even then, roughly one-third of the cases never moved beyond the public agency. The personal possessions of dozens of the heat wave victims, including Laczko, kkinenberg filed in cardboard boxes at the County Building to this day.


In many cases police delivered decomposed bodies to the morgue several days after the date of death because no one had noticed that the person had not been seen in awhile. It was impossible to know how many ueat victims remained in their homes, undiscovered. By Saturday the number of bodies coming in to the morgue exceeded its bay holding capacity by hundreds.

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Klinenberg

Incoming bodies were scattered around the office, and many of the examined corpses remained unclaimed because there were no next of kin. The owner of a local meat-packing firm volunteered to bring his fleet of refrigerated trucks to the morgue for storing the excess bodies. The first group of red and yellow vehicles, each about forty-eight feet long, arrived on Friday, but they filled up quickly and dozens of bodies remained.

Those who developed heatstroke suffered permanent damage, kilnenberg as loss of independent function and multisystem organ failures. Thousands of other stricken by heat-related illnesses were treated in emergency rooms. Between 14 and 20 July, more Kinenberg residents died than in a typical week for that month. In fact, public health scholars have established that the proportional death toll from the heat wave in Chicago has no equal in the record of U.


The human dimensions of the catastrophe remain unexplored.

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This book is organized around a social autopsy of the Chicago heat wave. Just as the medical autopsy opens the body to determine the proximate physiological causes of mortality, this inquiry aims to examine the social organs of the klinenbeerg and identify the conditions that contributed to the deaths of so many Chicago residents that July.

If the idea of conducting a social autopsy sounds peculiar, this is largely because modern political and medical institutions have attained monopolistic roles in officially explaining, defining, and classifying life and death, in establishing the terms and categories that structure the way we see and do not see the world.

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