Palaces for the people: How to build a more equal and unified society | University of Oxford

Palaces for the people: How to build a more equal and unified society

Speaker
Eric Klinenberg
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 19:00
Venue
Blavatnik School of Government
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Join sociologist Eric Klinenberg for a discussion of his new book, Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and Unified Society.

How can we bring people together? In Palaces for the People the sociologist and best-selling author Eric Klinenberg presents a simple but transformative idea for health, happiness, safety and healing our divided, unequal society.

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.