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

  • Melissa
    Jan 25, 2019
    Well researched, the author argues that the means to lowering crime, poverty, premature deaths, and other crises of the modern age is through funding more social spaces. Definitely preaching to my choir, and inspirational when so much of civic life can be deflating at the moment. ...
  • Anne
    Jan 28, 2019
    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...
  • 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...
  • Brigid
    Jan 16, 2019
    "Libraries stand for and exemplify something that needs defending: the public institutions that -- even in an age of atomization and inequality -- serve as bedrocks of civil society. Libraries are the kinds of places where ordinary people with different backgrounds, passions, and inter...
  • Jud Barry
    Mar 07, 2019
    Klinenberg imparts an impassioned and inspiring message about the need to shore up American society with places that will build community by bringing people together. The book meanders somewhat, though, and always seems to return to what becomes almost a refrain: "like, for example, li...
  • 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. ...
  • Aja
    Jan 25, 2019
    I didn't think that I could dislike a book as much as I dislike THIS book, but yes, I really disliked this book. Wonderful ideas and some really interesting points but I do not trust ANY book which talks about race and sociology without talking about white privilege and white supremacy...
  • 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,...
  • MaryLibrarianOH
    Apr 05, 2019
    Interesting look at social infrastructure and how it effects people?s survival. As someone working in public libraries, those parts especially resonated with me. Author speaking at staff development day in May ...
  • K C
    Feb 21, 2019
    I put this as read but this was a DNF for me after 30% through the book. Had to read it for a report so I skimmed the later chapters and read the conclusion but it was such a disappointment. I didn't feel like there was any sort of critical analysis in the book. It talked about the con...
  • Joe
    Jan 08, 2019
    Sociologist Eric Klinenberg makes a persuasive argument for the strengthening of America's "social infrastructure" - the places where people gather to share experiences across social divides and strengthen the bonds that help us in divisive times. It is a timely examination of what qua...
  • Molly
    Feb 17, 2019
    Interesting read on community in the age of the internet The conclusion really brings this book together. This book, but especially the conclusion, warns of the danger of delegating public works to private companies, particularly tech companies who project a community-minded motto b...
  • Mimi
    Jan 20, 2019
    I decided to read the book because it was Carla Hayden's #1 book for 2018. Now I know why. Public libraries are the star of this book which is about social infrastructure and the importance of communities. ...
  • Stacey
    Apr 08, 2019
    ?What we need, now more than ever, is an inclusive conversation about the kinds of infrastructure-physical as well as social- that would best serve, sustain, and protect us.? Palaces for the People explores a diverse array of projects and programs that have successfully connecte...
  • Kara
    Feb 13, 2019
    There's obviously a reason why this is "an NPR Best Book of 2018"- it's fantastic! Admittedly it did take me a few chapters to get really into it but it was an excellent book! ...
  • Vanessa Ames
    Dec 21, 2018
    A really great read about social infrastructure and healthy communities. My interest in this particular title came from an essay by the author and I enjoyed reading more about his sociological observances about many different civic entities. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    Jan 04, 2019
    I couldn't think of a better book to read in January. I really feel inspired to become more involved in my community. This book is about the importance of social infastructure and how it can significantly improve the lives of those in communities and bring down crime rates. I loved the...
  • Cara
    Jan 29, 2019
    Such an interesting book that touches on my favourite aspect of social infrastructure: libraries. This book is so timely given the current political climate...do we want higher walls or more social cohesion? ...
  • Emily
    Mar 11, 2019
    No rating cause I was skimming a bunch toward the end. I wanted to like this, and it's got such important research in it, but I raised an eyebrow at the beginning when it said something like "this isn't about Trump vs Clinton, or Black Lives Matter vs Blue Lives Matter, but rather..." ...
  • Daniel Beck
    Nov 23, 2018
    Look, if you're on Goodreads, you probably already know that public libraries are important institutions. But this book provides some good reminders of why that is. ...
  • Alex
    Mar 26, 2019
    Social Infrastructure is defined in contrast to Social Capital. While Social Capital is a measure of people's relationships and interpersonal networks, Social Infrastructure is the about the conditions in which social capital develops. Palaces for People tells stories about churches...
  • 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, ...
  • Adrian Hon
    Jan 19, 2019
    An engaging, readable argument for why we should build more ?social infrastructure? like libraries, community gardens, parks, sports facilities, etc ? but with a curiously meandering structure that flits between ideas and subjects. Random thoughts: - Klinenberg is a good w...
  • Charlie Thao
    Feb 19, 2019
    A well thought out book about how social places build unity and healthier lives for the local people who utilize it! I also love that Klinenberg speaks so positively about libraries and really makes me happy that libraries as social amenities are available. Really makes you enjoy what ...
  • CJ
    Feb 20, 2019
    Mayor Pete?s review: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/bo... Appreciate the anecdotes of and tribute to libraries. Covers both the need to invest in resources for public libraries and the potential role of places like churches for neighbors to look out for each other. Hadn?t th...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 22, 2019
    From an arts incubator in Chicago and Jeanne Gang?s Polis Station in Chicago, hot springs in Iceland, to public libraries across America Klinenberg demonstrates how social infrastructure plays a vital role in establishing inclusive, healthy, and vibrant, communities. As a librarian,...
  • Lee Bay
    Mar 03, 2019
    A bit repetitive, but a great message. Good book. ...
  • Yujia Zhang
    Jan 21, 2019
    3.5 ...