Book Club Discussion Questions
Palaces for the People by Eric Klineberg

        1. In “Palaces for the People,” Eric Klinenberg offers a new perspective on what people and places have to do with each other, by looking at the social side of our physical spaces.  Are there physical spaces that you tend to frequent for social interaction?  Will you look for new spaces now that you are more aware of the benefits of social interaction?
        2. What did you like or dislike about the book?
          Did you like the book?  If you didn’t like it, why not?  Do you think you might have enjoyed it more or less if you’d read it when you were younger or perhaps waited to read it when you were older? Is this book a ‘keeper’ – if you had to halve the size of your book collection would this be one of the books that stayed or went?
        3. How did the book affect you?
          Do you feel ‘changed’ in anyway? Did it expand your range of knowledge about the benefits of Social infrastructure?  Did it challenge your assumptions?  Did reading it help you to understand interactions with the people around you?
        4. What was compelling about the book? What did you find lacking in the book?
        5. Will the book be relevant in the future? Do you think it will date well or badly – will people be reading it in 10 years, 50 years, or one hundred years? Is it a book that could be written in the future?  If not, why not?  What does it say about peoples’ values today?  Do you think they will change?
        6. What did you already know about social interaction and the physical spaces that enable or deter it before your read this book?
        7. What new things did you learn?
        8. What questions do you still have?
        9. What else have you read about social interaction and physical spaces and would you recommend these books to others?
        10. What do you think about Eric Klineberg’s research? Was it easy to see where he got his information?  Were the sources credible?
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