A tremendous advantage enjoyed by societies with a well developed informal public life is that, within them, poverty carries fewer burdens over that of having to live a Spartan existence.
There is less stigma and less deprivation of experience suggests Oldenburg. There is an engaging and sustaining public life to supplement and complement home and work routines. For those on tight budgets who live in some degree of autsterity, it compensates for the lack of things owned privately. For the affluent, it offers much that money cannot buy. Read more