Do we really live in a deeply individualistic society? Why do extreme situations reveal the truth about who we are? Eric Klinenberg, an American sociologist focusing on urbanism, culture, and environmental influences, will discuss this. Two years ago, he wrote Palaces for the People, a book on social infrastructure. Using examples from around the world, he illustrates that the future of democratic society is based on not only shared values but also shared spaces. Libraries, churches or even neighborhood markets are places that offer a natural space for interpersonal interaction and where key relationships are formed. They have a major impact on social cohesion and public health. They are, therefore, a key platform for addressing political polarization, climate change, inequality and other challenges facing the world today. This book offers a roadmap for bridging our seemingly insurmountable divides.
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