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

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 tog An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. ...

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Title:Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life
Author:Eric Klinenberg
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1524761168
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

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

  • Laura
    Oct 10, 2018
    I thought this book was fantastic because it provided clear and specific solutions for our current problems of inequity and polarization. What if you could help an entire neighborhood manage stress, depression and anxiety by increasing access to green space and public gardens? What if...
  • spoko
    Oct 24, 2018
    I certainly agree with the premises of the book, and I appreciate the variety of cases he uses to exemplify his points. I would have liked it to be a bit deeper, though. I'm pretty drawn to denser nonfiction generally, though. It's not really a mark against this book, which is solid fo...
  • John
    Dec 03, 2018
    Klinenberg makes a compelling argument that social infrastructure enriches and saves lives within diverse communities. Libraries, parks, public housing, schools all play a decisive role in bringing individuals together and allowing for support networks to develop for those in our socie...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    Nov 27, 2018
    3.5. Overall, the ideas Klinenberg poses and the research he references are interesting and gets one thinking of what we need to do to create a better future society. Social infrastructure is a philosophy I can get behind and the stories he shares from fieldwork (especially more person...
  • Carl
    Sep 27, 2018
    Interesting sociological study on social infrastructure. I received it from a Giveaways Contest. This book explains social infrastructure and gives antidotal evidence on the merits of the topic. It was an interesting study and one that should be read by those interested in sociology, u...
  • Janaka
    Nov 14, 2018
    If I could give this book 3.5 stars, I would. Perhaps I went in with erroneous expectations, or perhaps I had already read enough on the subject elsewhere so that there?s wasn?t a lot of revelatory material for me here?either way I couldn?t help but finish the book still wantin...
  • Doni
    Sep 18, 2018
    I enjoyed his tribute to libraries; was skeptical of his pro-corporate solutions such as Gates' donations to create smaller schools. Liberal, not radical, and therefore insufficient targeting of capitalism's fundamental flaws. ...
  • Shawn Thrasher
    Dec 10, 2018
    If it seems like the world really sucks right now, Eric Klinenberg knows why: the fraying of social infrastructure. Social infrastructure is Social infrastructure is "a set of physical places and organizations that shape our interactions." This includes libraries, schools, playgrounds,...
  • John
    Oct 27, 2018
    Klinenberg praises social infrastructure in its potential to mitigate the opioid epidemic, worsening climate disasters, burgeoning economic inequality, and crime. While not limited to publicly-funded places, Klinenberg stresses that social infrastructure that is universally accessible ...
  • T.L. Cooper
    Nov 08, 2018
    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...
  • Vera
    Nov 09, 2018
    Interesting arguments. I liked the book, it just didn?t knock my socks off. ...
  • Cindy
    Oct 12, 2018
    A great defense of public libraries ! ! ...
  • Lori
    Oct 24, 2018
    Positive and hopeful. ...
  • Audrey
    Dec 09, 2018
    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 cha...
  • Emma-Kate Schaake
    Nov 13, 2018
    I definitely agree with the author?s major claims: society needs organic, accessible, positive social infrastructure in order to thrive, but I just feel like I knew most of what he said, so didn?t really learn anything remarkably new. Interesting read, though! The sections touting ...
  • Shay
    Dec 11, 2018
    Palaces for the People provides a high level look at a number of social infrastructures and their impact on their communities, any one of which could probably be the subject of their own book. However, this is a broad, useful introduction for the non-academic reader into thinking about...
  • Matthew Noe
    Sep 17, 2018
    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. ...
  • Carol
    Oct 07, 2018
    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 somewh...
  • Mike Stolfi
    Nov 27, 2018
    Yes! Let's fund libraries again because people need them, & a lot more social infrastructure as well. A virtual life pales in comparison to an actual one. ...
  • Daniel Beck
    Nov 23, 2018
    Look, if you're on Goodreads, you probably already know that public libraries are import institutions. But this book provides some good reminders of why that is. ...
  • Eddie Choo
    Oct 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • Paige
    Sep 12, 2018
    ***I received this book for free from the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.*** In "Palaces our the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life," Eric Klineberg adroitly argues the importance of s...
  • Kenneth
    Nov 06, 2018
    I?m a sociology PhD student, and I have a massive man-crush on this guy. His work is amazing, and may just direct my own studies in an entirely new direction. ...
  • Jeff Zell
    Nov 02, 2018
    The book begins with an interesting case study. The summer of 1995 brought a life threatening combination of heat and humidity to Chicago. Many people died as a result. But, the deaths were not uniformly placed in the city, even within poor neighborhoods. Two neighborhoods with similar...
  • Trish Tomes
    Sep 11, 2018
    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, ...
  • Pam Kellman
    Sep 24, 2018
    I checked this book out from my branch library, and after reading it, I'm so grateful for my library! This is a book every voter should read, and a must-read for our elected representatives. Thoroughly researched and written in such an accessible, readable language, Klinenberg combines...
  • Lisa
    Oct 14, 2018
    Amazing! ...
  • Melanie Haynes
    Dec 06, 2018
    I found this book to be very informative and it does show the importance of some of my favorite things on society. This is definately not a book for younger readers and should not be read before the age of 15. Mostly because of complexity, most people under that age will not be able to...
  • Morgan
    Oct 10, 2018
    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 t...
  • Seth
    Sep 20, 2018
    The author describes how social infrastructure is critical for the well being of humans. Social infrastructure, basically, is any place that people can build a support network (i.e. libraries). The decline of social infrastructure, the author argues, diminishes support networks, and ma...