Palaces for the People

Palaces for the People How to Build a More Equal and United Society

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Synopsis

How can we bring people together?

Sociologist and best-selling author Eric Klinenberg introduces a transformative and powerfully uplifting new idea for health, happiness, safety and healing our divided, unequal society.

'This wonderful book shows us how democracies thrive' Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt, authors of How Democracies Die

Too often we take for granted and neglect our libraries, parks, markets, schools, playgrounds, gardens and communal spaces, but decades of research now shows that these places can have an extraordinary effect on our personal and collective wellbeing. Why? Because wherever people cross paths and linger, wherever we gather informally, strike up a conversation and get to know one another, relationships blossom and communities emerge - and where communities are strong, people are safer and healthier, crime drops and commerce thrives, and peace, tolerance and stability take root.

Through uplifting human stories and an illuminating tour through the science of social connection, Palaces for the People shows that properly designing and maintaining this 'social infrastructure' might be our single best strategy for a more equal and united society.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784707514
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 307.14
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 12531
Number of pages: 277
Weight: 228g
Height: 170mm
Width: 319mm
Spine width: 26mm