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Palaces for the People

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About than libraries but nsurprisingly I found the sections on libraries to be the most interesting and inspiring An engaging readable argument for why we should build social infrastructure like libraries community gardens parks sports facilities etc but with a curiously meandering structure that flits between ideas and subjectsRandom thoughts Klinenberg is a good writer but he is overly fond of personal anecdotes and stories These are helpful for introducing laypeople but they detracted from the strength of his argument Too often we hear about how he was visiting this or that other city while writing another book making you wonder "Just How Rigorous His "how rigorous his was Even
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are the couple times he ses the plot from novels to make a point It s just bizarre how am I supposed to be convinced by that I don t know why Klinenberg bothers with a pretence of political neutrality Yes he wants to appeal to readers of every political persuasion but come on it s pretty obvious who he votes for and who most readers would vote for He does a disservice to his subject and his readers by pretending that both Democrats and Republicans care eually about funding social infrastructure His most egregious and pointless bit of both sides ism is euating the chair of the California Democratic Party no I don t know who this is either saying fuck Donald Trump and giving him the middle finger to Trump leading supporters in a chant of lock her p One of these things is rude I guess the other demonstrates a total disregard for democratic principles and a disturbing shift to authoritarianism He has a strange obsession with Silicon Valley I m not sure it deserves as much attention as it gets in the bookUltimately the most memorable parts of the book Are About Libraries I Would Love To Read 300 Pages about libraries I would love to read 300 pages the importance of libraries towards social infrastructure not just 50 60 pages scattered here and there No rating cause I was skimming a bunch toward the end I wanted to like this and it s got such important research in it but I raised an eyebrow at the beginning when it said something like this isn t about Trump vs Clinton or Black Lives Matter vs Blue Lives Matter but rather and I m like a it kind of is about those things though and b are you really going to treat them as eual I don t even hate the Trump vs Clinton thing because fine it s fair to say we re talking about politics outside specific elections but the BLM comment pushed it to we re not talking about politics period And that left me on high alert for the handful of this happens on both sides and polarization comments throughout the book There aren t even that many but enough to chip away at my confidence in the sociological rigor of his conclusions Like there s a great discussion of online spaces for marginalized folks to find each other followed by simple praise for Nextdoor bringing neighbors together with zero mention of that platform s well known racism. Ot simply on shared values but on shared spaces the libraries childcare centers bookstores churches synagogues and parks where crucial sometimes life saving connections are formed These are places where people gather and linger making friends across group lines and strengthening the entire community Klinenberg calls this the social infrastructure When it is strong neighborhoods flourish; when it is neglected as it has been in recent years families and individuals must fend for themselvesKlinenberg takes From Mistress to Wifey us around the globe from a floating school 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 helps in divisive times It is a timely examination of what Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia ualifies as community in the age of social media and aseful tool that public OFFICIALS SHOULD USE FOR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL PLANNING RECOMMENDED should Dance With The Devil use for cultural and social planning Recommended perspective and case studies regarding social infrastructure Especially relevant to public libraries and other civic institutions looking for ways to be welcoming and responsive to their community Very timely andsefulI took a star off because I found the text somewhat rambling and roundabout I thought it would be much seful to divide chapters by type of institution so those reading for institutional purposes could easily find what they re looking for I did see an indication that the finished copy will have an index so that should helpI received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration Look if you re on Goodreads you probably already know that public libraries are important institutions But this book provides some good reminders of why that is I couldn t think of a better book to read in January I really feel inspired to become involved in my community This book is about the importance of social infastructure and how it can significantly improve the lives "of those in communities and bring down crime rates I loved the chapters 35 Overall the ideas "those in communities and bring down crime rates I loved the chapters 35 Overall the ideas 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 personal vignettes were insightful But I will say I wish this was structured differently After listening to the first chapter which is exclusively about libraries I expected and wanted the rest of the chapters to focus on a singular infrastructure parks community gardens schools etc Instead it was jumbled and mixed I nderstand that these stories can be intertwined in different infrastructures but didn t like how we d be talking about gardens and then we d be back to libraries Maybe it s because some chapters would be slimmer than others but it seemed to me less focused and in need of a bit editingorganization I think the first chapter is the most worth it part of this book Libraries stand for and exemplify something that needs Defending The Public Institutions That Even In the public institutions that even in age of atomization and ineuality serve as bedrocks of civil society Libraries are the kinds of places where ordinary people with different backgrounds passions and interests can take part in a living democratic culture They are the kinds of places where the public private and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom lineThis book is. An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society We are living in a time of deep divisions Americans are sorting themselves along racial religious and cultural lines leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn't seen since the Civil War Pundits and politicians are calling for s to come together to find common purpose But how exactly can this be doneIn Palaces for the People Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward He believes that the future of democratic societies rests ,
Or a chapter about the market of ideas on a college campus with a mention of both sides lamenting inhospitality to debate as if radical conservatives aren t showing p on campuses and 1898 using debate to create a truly dangerous atmosphere foreer trans and immigrant students The point of this book that physical environments matter to social cohesion and we must invest wisely in them is so important I just couldn t get past wondering how much stronger the argument could be had it been written without that sense of moderation If it had been written by someone who knows firsthand the importance of eer spaces or Black spaces or spaces for folks with disabilities that are intentionally nshared and how much work it takes unshared and how much work it takes BUILD THOSE SPACES IN THIS "build those spaces in this If it had admitted that this is an inherently political subject because massive disparities in power created the problems it s addressing 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 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 Correct me if I m wrong but it seems this man wrote an entire book about community while NOT ONCE naming white supremacyThis book tries to play the rule of both sides and let s all come together and sing kumbaya while never naming that it is consistently the political right who votes against social services which actually help ALL people That to me is intellectually dishonest It s great to focus on how people of color consistently fix our own communities through personal efforts but to never talk about why the oppression exists from the get go personal efforts but to never talk about why the oppression exists from the get go again intellectually dishonest You can t talk about rough neighborhoods without talking about white flight and how when whiteness leaves there goes the money with it If you re going to talk about zoning but you don t want to talk about racism and white supremacy and the part they play in it miss me with all of thatApparently NOBODY segregated the pools which lead to an epidemic of brown children not knowing how to swim I had no idea that my parents putting Lay My Burden Down us all in swimming lessons growingp made Vérité (Love at Center Court, us the exception as black people and not the rule because we were privileged But it was important to my parents because we grewp in a town that had many lakes and they grew Beyond the Qumran Community up knowing that black kids often drown because those resources aren t available tos But who did this Who held the power and who made these rules Don t ask me to hold hands and come together and sing kumbaya if you re going to be intellectually dishonest about whiteness and white supremacy Eric Klinenber. N Bangladesh to an arts incubator in Chicago from a soccer pitch in Daniels Pet ueens to an evangelical church in Houston to show how social infrastructure is helping to solve some of our most pressing challenges isolation crime education addiction political polarization and even climate changeRichly reported elegantly written andltimately Losing Control uplifting Palaces for the Peoplerges Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (light novel) us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seeminglynbridgeable divides and safeguarding democrac. ,