America is a Nation Divided. Eric Klinenberg’s Palaces for the People Offers a Strong Solution.
America is fractured and Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, has written a real, actionable fix. Palaces for the People (out Sept. 11, 2018) is a brilliant, fascinating, and uplifting argument for the importance of shared spaces—libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, parks, churches, synagogues—to the future of American democracy.
In its starred review, Booklist calls Palaces for the People “an engrossing, hopeful read, nothing less than a new lens through which to view the world and its current conflicts.” Jon Stewart calls it “a comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward.” Read an excerpt in The New Yorker.
And check out Klinenberg’s inpiring talk below about the sociology of connection.