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Palaces for the People: How To Build a More Equal and United Society

Palaces for the People: How To Build a More Equal and United Society

Because wherever people cross paths and linger, wherever we gather informally, strike up a conversation and get to know one another, relationships blossom and communities emerge - and where communities are strong, people are safer and more stimulated and lead happier, more active... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781847925008
Barcode 9781847925008
Published 18 October 2018 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Klinenberg, Eric
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ISBN-13 9781847925008
ISBN-10 1847925006
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Vintage
Imprint The Bodley Head Ltd
Publication Date 18 October 2018
International Publication Date 20 September 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Klinenberg, Eric
Category Communication Studies
Social & Political Philosophy
Sociology, Social Studies
Social Institutions
Urban Communities
Urban & Municipal Planning
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 353g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Community development, Social interaction, Equality
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 307.14
Catalogue Code 951841

Description of this Book

How can we bring people together? In Palaces for the People professor Eric Klinenberg presents a simple but transformative idea for health, happiness, safety and healing our divided, unequal society. Too often we take for granted and neglect our libraries, parks, markets, schools, playgrounds, gardens and communal spaces, but decades of research now shows that these places can have an extraordinary effect on our health and wellbeing and that of society as a whole. Why? Because wherever people cross paths and linger, wherever we gather informally, strike up a conversation and get to know one another, relationships blossom and communities emerge - and where communities are strong, people are safer and more stimulated and lead happier, more active lives. Through uplifting human stories, Palaces for the People shows that, properly designed and maintained, this `social infrastructure' demonstrably increases health, reduces crime, fosters tolerance and stability and, in emergencies, saves lives - more efficiently than any single other strategy yet devised.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This fantastic book reminds us that democracy is fortified and enlivened by people coexisting together in public, and that good design and support of a wide variety of public spaces can produce those mysterious things we call community, membership, a sense of belonging, a place, maybe a polity. It's both idealistic and, in its myriad examples, pragmatic, and delightfully readable -- Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me and A Field Guide to Getting Lost Eric Klinenberg believes that social life can be designed well, just as good buildings are. His book is full of hope, which is all the more striking because Klinenberg is a realist. He is a major social thinker, and this is a beautifully written, major book -- Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman and Together, Professor of Sociology at LSE Wow. A comprehensive, entertaining and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward. I can't wait for people in my ideological bubble to ignore it! -- Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show

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Author's Bio

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University. His pioneering research into the power of social infrastructure led to his appointment in 2013 as Research Director for President Obama's $1 billion programme to rebuild the region affected by Superstorm Sandy. He is the multi-award winning author of several books including, as co-author, the recent number one bestseller Modern Romance.

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