Sociologist Eric Klinenberg makes a persuasive argument for
the strengthening strengthening of America s social infrastructure the places where people gather to share experiences across social divides strengthen the bonds that help s in divisive times It is a timely examination of what Student Research Projects in Calculus ualifies as community in the age of social media and aseful tool that public officials should se for cultural and social planning Recommended Gives perspective and case studies regarding social infrastructure Especially relevant to public libraries and other civic institutions looking for ways to be welcoming and responsive 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 I couldn t think of a better book to read in January I 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 s to come together to find common purpose But how exactly can this be doneIn Palaces for the People Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward He believes that the future of democratic societies rests Eally feel inspired to become 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 chapters about libraries I wish Parks and Rec was still on because I can t even imagine how much Leslie Knope would ve loved this If I had one criticism of the book it was that I wish it the chapters stuck closely to topics The library chapters seemed to focus on libraries but then it seemed to go all over the place from there Recommend if you re curious about the effect of social infustructure or a reason to feel inspired to go out and
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connect to in community 35 Overall the ideas Klinenberg poses and to those your community 35 Overall the ideas Klinenberg poses and research he references are interesting and gets one thinking of what we need. Ot 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 themselvesKlinenberg takes s around the globe from a floating school
Free read Palaces for the PeopleTo do to create a better future society Social infrastructure is a philosophy I can get behind and the stories he shares from fieldwork especially personal vignettes were insightful But I will say I wish this was structured differently After listening to the first chapter which is exclusively about libraries I expected and wanted the rest of the chapters to focus on a singular infrastructure parks community gardens schools etc Instead it was jumbled and mixed I nderstand that these stories can be intertwined in different infrastructures but didn t like how we d be talking about gardens and then we d be back to libraries Maybe it s because some
would be slimmer than others itCHAPTERS WOULD BE SLIMMER THAN OTHERS
SEEMED TO ME LESS FOCUSED AND IN NEED OFto me less focused and in need of bit editingorganization I think the first chapter is the most worth it part of this boo. N Bangladesh to an arts incubator in Chicago from a soccer pitch in A Heart of Stone ueens 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 changeRichly reported elegantly written andltimately plifting Palaces for the People rges Language and Linguistics us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seeminglynbridgeable divides and safeguarding democrac.