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2015 Heat Wave Marlon Matias Michael Alborn Doreen Musni DeVry University Sociology 185 Professor Taylor December 13, 2010 1
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Abstract It is the year 2015. More than 700 citizens from the Los Angeles area have died due to heat-related deaths. Over a 5-day span in July, temperatures have consistently averaged 110 degrees and have maxed out to 130 degrees at some points. In this research, a social autopsy of the city of Los Angeles will be conducted. This research will take you inside the city and discuss why the heat-related deaths was more of a social disaster than an act of Mother Nature. This research will also discuss other factors that contributed to deaths. Factors like social stratification, stratification by age, and family relationships will all be discussed. 2
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The Chicago fire in 1871 killed 300 people, the Chicago heat wave in 1995 killed over 700 Chicagoans, and now in 2015, over 700 citizens of Los Angeles died because of the record- breaking heat wave. People paid more attention to sensational natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods, but not many paid attention to heat waves. As a result, we are left unprepared for such an event when it happens because heat waves are not as obvious as the other impending natural disasters. Social isolation is also a problem because of all the thousands of senior citizens who live alone and nobody knows that they are dying from heat related conditions. The deaths of these people were not as apparent as it would have been with other natural disasters. Inadequate income of senior citizens is another social problem because they do not have enough money to pay the high cost of air conditioning during the heat wave. In addition, most senior citizens find value in spending their retirement years independently instead of burdening their children and imposing on their lifestyles - also a reason of why many of them died alone. Heat waves killed more people annually than any other natural disasters combined, but received very little attention from the media. They do not cause a lot of monetary damage and there is not much visual headline grabbing stimuli that the media can use to attract enough people's attention. The social culture that will be examined are the elderly, the poor, and the isolated. Those who will be discussed are vulnerable because they are not well connected to the community and are easy targets for a disaster like a heat wave even in a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles. Operational Definition
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