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Eric Klinenberg

New York (United States of America)


Eric Klinenberg


Professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and editor of the journal Public Culture. In his first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University Chicago Press, 2002), Klinenberg examined the heat wave that hit Chicago in 1995, analyzing the social, political and institutional causes that made this episode a true urban disaster. In his most recent book, Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society (Vintage, 2020, edited in Spanish by Capitán Swing, 2021), he argues that the future of democratic societies depends not only on shared values, but also on shared spaces, stressing the crucial role that public spaces play in civic life. Other titles by the author include Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012) and Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007). Klinenberg is also co-editor of Antidemocracy in America (Columbia University Press, 2019) and co-author of the bestselling Modern Romance (The Penguin Press, 2015). His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.

Update: 25 July 2022

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