Sociologist Eric Klinenberg will discuss his latest work,Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Penguin Random House, 2018).
In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way to move through our deeply divided country—forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.
Eric Klinenberg, Author, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (2018)
Eric Klinenberg is a sociologist and Professor of Sociology at New York University. He has examined the changing living dynamic in Going Solo (2012), a book translated to six languages, is the co-author of a New York Times #1 best seller Modern Romance (2015), and has investigated the 1995 Chicago heat wave in his first book, award-winning Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (2002). His work is oriented towards the social public in transitory frameworks of living. Klinenberg is also the Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, as well as editor of interdisciplinary journal Public Culture.
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