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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

  • Michael
    Jan 04, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

    An incredibly important book that highlights social infrastructure's role in rebuilding society. It makes me happy to be in public libraries! ...

    "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.... that respects local knowledge and wisdom as well as technical expertise." - p. 232 'According to a 201...

  • Micah
    Jan 04, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

    An incredibly important book that highlights social infrastructure's role in rebuilding society. It makes me happy to be in public libraries! ...

    "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.... that respects local knowledge and wisdom as well as technical expertise." - p. 232 'According to a 201...

    Drawing on a range of sources including the author's personal experiences and even literature, this book is an exploration of how social infrastructure helps to bridge social divides. Of the many and diverse sources of social infrastructure (including churches, sports teams, and unions...

    Klinenberg makes a compassionate and well-researched argument about how improving social infrastructure can increase livelihood in society. It is also wonderfully written without jargon, which heightens the details of his writing. ...

    Did you know that in Philadelphia, wherever a piece of abandoned property has been cleaned up and turned into a little park or garden, not only does the presence of their green oases measurably reduce the blood pressure of passers-by, research also shows that crime and gun violence als...

  • Anne
    Jan 28, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

  • Jenny
    Jan 18, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

  • 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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

  • Doni
    Sep 18, 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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

  • Joe
    Jan 08, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

  • Kevin
    Jan 14, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

    An incredibly important book that highlights social infrastructure's role in rebuilding society. It makes me happy to be in public libraries! ...

  • Molly
    Feb 17, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Allison
    Jan 05, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

    An incredibly important book that highlights social infrastructure's role in rebuilding society. It makes me happy to be in public libraries! ...

    "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.... that respects local knowledge and wisdom as well as technical expertise." - p. 232 'According to a 201...

    Drawing on a range of sources including the author's personal experiences and even literature, this book is an exploration of how social infrastructure helps to bridge social divides. Of the many and diverse sources of social infrastructure (including churches, sports teams, and unions...

  • Mimi
    Jan 20, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

  • Kara
    Feb 13, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Ashley
    Jan 08, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

    An incredibly important book that highlights social infrastructure's role in rebuilding society. It makes me happy to be in public libraries! ...

    "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.... that respects local knowledge and wisdom as well as technical expertise." - p. 232 'According to a 201...

    Drawing on a range of sources including the author's personal experiences and even literature, this book is an exploration of how social infrastructure helps to bridge social divides. Of the many and diverse sources of social infrastructure (including churches, sports teams, and unions...

    Klinenberg makes a compassionate and well-researched argument about how improving social infrastructure can increase livelihood in society. It is also wonderfully written without jargon, which heightens the details of his writing. ...

  • Carol
    Oct 07, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

  • Daniel Beck
    Nov 23, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Paige
    Sep 12, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

    Hard to write a critical review when this book is just giving me evidence and support for ideas I already hold dear - public libraries are important! ...

    An incredibly important book that highlights social infrastructure's role in rebuilding society. It makes me happy to be in public libraries! ...

    "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.... that respects local knowledge and wisdom as well as technical expertise." - p. 232 'According to a 201...

    Drawing on a range of sources including the author's personal experiences and even literature, this book is an exploration of how social infrastructure helps to bridge social divides. Of the many and diverse sources of social infrastructure (including churches, sports teams, and unions...

    Klinenberg makes a compassionate and well-researched argument about how improving social infrastructure can increase livelihood in society. It is also wonderfully written without jargon, which heightens the details of his writing. ...

    Did you know that in Philadelphia, wherever a piece of abandoned property has been cleaned up and turned into a little park or garden, not only does the presence of their green oases measurably reduce the blood pressure of passers-by, research also shows that crime and gun violence als...

    ***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...

  • Ginger Leib
    Jan 18, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

    Giving this book five stars because it truly was a very enjoyable read, but mainly because I feel like everyone should read his section on and later plea for libraries. ...

  • Trish Tomes
    Sep 11, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

  • H. J.
    Jan 21, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

    Quick review: Very informational; provides good facts and statisitics and backs up arguments well; some of the later chapters were harder to get through, though I'm not sure why. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but towards the end was ready to move on to something new. Loses ...

  • Rebecca
    Jan 22, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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, ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Highly recommend reading this book, helps to understand how libraries, community centers and more act as shared spaces across cultures, race, incomes, etc. ...

    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. ...

    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,...

  • Yujia Zhang
    Jan 21, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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? ...

    3.5 ...