THE SOCIABLE CITY: What's SOCIABILITY GOT TO DO WITH IT?
• Role of social spaces in community life and personal fulfillment
• Making the case for cities to support social spaces and districts
• Daytime vs. nighttime sociability—how they differ and why both are important
• How class, race and ethnicity play out in social spaces
• Can social spaces heal the divisions between people or continue to perpetuate them?
• Future projections—what’s next for sociability?
FOUR AUTHORS DISCUSS THEIR SEMINAL WORKS ON HOW AND WHY PEOPLE SOCIALIZE
JAMIN CREED ROWAN
The Sociable City
Truly sociable cities, Rowan argues, facilitate “fellow-feeling”—fellowship based on shared experiences. Urban environments
can better connect people to help them
lead fulfilling lives.
The Great Good Place
"Third places"—where people gather outside of work and home to hang out for good company and lively conversation—are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.
REUBEN A. BUFORD MAY
Nightlife patrons socialize by forming “social capsules” based on class, race, ethnicity and culture. This ethnographic study examines how segregation persists in nuanced ways in public space at night.
W. SCOTT HAINE
The World of the Paris Café
Café society was not just for workers, artists, and intellectuals in the 19th and 20th centuries Haine asserts. Cafes are liminal spaces in which work, family, and leisure are being transformed and renegotiated in the