Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg, who teaches sociology and urban studies at New York University, is the author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

Neo-Catastrophism: Sinful Cities?

Eric Klinenberg, 9 October 2003

In the 1990s New York was the capital city of America’s economic boom: now it is the epicentre of urban insecurity. The city is familiar with crisis, however, and no one could say it had surrendered to the new and old dangers it faces. Although disaster experts warn that a dirty bomb could result in the evacuation of millions of panicked residents and require the demolition of...

Summer Simmer: Chicago heatwaves

Tom Vanderbilt, 22 August 2002

As I write, the temperature in New York City is 86° F. The relative humidity is 56, the winds are south-westerly at seven mph, visibility stands at six miles. What do those numbers really...

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