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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Hardback)

By Klinenberg, Eric

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The future of democratic societies rests not only on shared values but also on shared social infrastructure : the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, coffee shops, pools, and parks that promote crucial, sometimes life-saving connections between people who might otherwise fa... read full description below.

ISBN 9781524761165
Barcode 9781524761165
Published 11 September 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781524761165
ISBN-10 1524761168
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Imprint Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Date 11 September 2018
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Klinenberg, Eric
Category City & Town Planning - Architectural Aspects
Urban Communities
Central Government Policies
Urban & Municipal Planning
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 157mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 499g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Infrastructure Economics - United States, City planning - United States, Equality - United States, Quality of life - United States, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 307.760973
Catalogue Code 986102

Description of this Book

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 has been in recent years, families and individuals must fend for themselves. Klinenberg takes us around the globe--from a floating school in Bangladesh to an arts incubator in Chicago, from a soccer pitch in Queens to an evangelical church in Houston--to show how social infrastructure is helping to solve some of our most pressing challenges: isolation, crime, education, addiction, political polarization, and even climate change. Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People urges us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life. Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides--and safeguarding democracy.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Eric Klinenberg combines a Jane Jacobs-eye on city life with knowledge of the latest research and practical ideas to address the crucial issues of the day--class division, crime, and climate change. This is a brilliant and important book. --Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land

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Author's Bio

Eric Klinenberg is the Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Modern Romance, and author of the acclaimed books Going Solo, Heat Wave, and Fighting for Air. He has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, and This American Life.

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