An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn't seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed. These are places where people gather and linger, making friends across group lines and strengthening the entire community. Klinenberg calls this the "social infrastructure" When it is strong, neighborhoods flourish; when it is neglected, as it ...
|Title||:||Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life Reviews
A great defense of public libraries ! !
I was excited when I won this book on Goodreads. I want to thank them and Putnam books to get a pre-publication copy of it. It is an excellent book for activists who what to improve their :communities.
Most of the examples given are from big cities, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore. The surprising entry was from Iceland but nothing like that is possible in the US. Their communal swimming pools reminded me of the baths of ancient Rome and Greece that still are popular in Turkey and Hun ...more
More infrastructure than Social
This book points to an important idea, about the need for physical spaces for people to come and gather and the role they play in adding more bridging social capital (in the Putnam sense). The presence and absence of these social spaces can influence the social climate.
What would have been nice if he had also covered in greater detail how the social groups come to coalesce in the context of the hard infrastructure that exists - how is it that the librarians come t ...more
This amazing book is one of my top 10 non-fiction reads of 2018. With my background in social work, and working in a library, it is so very clear to me that what we need as a society is to reconnect to each other. This book is a tremendous gift explaining how to acknowledge current challenges and reverse the polarization currently taking place. Thank you for this fantastic book. I hope it is read by citizens and those in positions of power so we can move forward in better directions. p.s. I own ...more
I received an ARC of this at ALA. And because Eric focuses a lot on libraries, I'm naturally a little biased toward loving this.
But let's put it this way: I enjoyed it so much and want to return to it for future work, I'll be buying a copy even though I have the ARC.
I enjoyed this book, particularly for its focus on the theory of social infrastructure. This approach was not practical but I think we have to know "why" before "how," which is partially Klinenberg's goal in writing. This book is important and I would recommend it to anyone. Although the author is a sociologist, his writing is accessible (without dumbing things down). I will say that each chapter kind of functions as its own essay so it is may not be necessary to read the whole book. The whole b ...more
Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civil Life by Eric Klinenberg delves into the connections that form when infrastructure is designed to bring people together to support building community. Klinenberg writes in way that feels like a story unfolding that explores the decline of community by the decline of social infrastructure as well as the solutions to bring community together. Palaces for the People delves into how lib ...more
Gives perspective and case studies regarding social infrastructure. Especially relevant to public libraries and other civic institutions looking for ways to be more welcoming and responsive to their community. Very timely and useful.
I took a star off because I found the text somewhat rambling and roundabout. I thought it would be much more useful to divide chapters by type of institution, so those reading for institutional purposes could easily find what they're looking for. I did see an indicat ...more