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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric Klinenberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Sociology

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1970 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Eric Klinenberg grew up on Chicago's North side and attended Francis W. Parker School. He is a die-hard Cubs fan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eric Klinenberg is an associate professor of sociology at New York University. He is the coeditor of ''The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness'' and a regular contributor to ''Le Monde Diplomatique''. In addition to his books and articles, Klinenberg has contributed to popular publications such as ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''Rolling Stone'', ''The London Review of Books'', ''The Nation'', ''The Washington Post'', ''Mother Jones'', ''The Guardia'', ''Slate'' and the radio program ''This American Life''.

Published Works

  • Heat Wave, A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago Press, 2002
  • Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media, Holt Paperbacks, 2008
  • Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, Penguin Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Heat wave :
ISBN: 0226443221. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. ©2002.

"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 residents without electricity for up to two days.

Fighting for air :
ISBN: 080508729X. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt & Co.,. New York :. ©2007.

An investigative work on the corporate takeover of local news and what it means for all Americans. Sociologist Klinenberg takes us into the world of preprogrammed radio shows, empty television news studios, and copycat newspapers to show how corporate ownership and control of local media has remade American political and cultural life. Klinenberg argues that the demise of truly local media stems from the federal government's malign neglect, as the agencies charged with ensuring diversity and open competition have ceded control to the very conglomerates that consistently undermine these values and goals. "Big media" may not be here to stay, however. This book reveals a rising generation of new media activists and citizen journalists--a coalition of liberals and conservatives--who are demanding and even creating the local coverage they need and deserve.--From publisher description.

Going solo :
ISBN: 1594203229. OCLC Number:

Penguin Press,. New York :. 2012.

Renowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg explores the dramatic rise of solo living and examines the seismic impact it's having on our culture, business, and politics.



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