Bowling Alone (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 2001 - Social Science - 544 pages
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Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work -- but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, Bowling Alone, which The Economist hailed as "a prodigious achievement."

Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans' changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures -- whether they be PTA, church, or political parties -- have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe.

Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam's Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.
 
  

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Excellent insights into American society today. - Goodreads
But the writing style induces anguish. - Goodreads
Well-researched examination of American community. - Goodreads
The writing is terrible. - Goodreads
Putnam is a competent writer and is very convincing. - Goodreads
Everything he says is extensively researched and cited. - Goodreads

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

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Shows how the reduction in social groups has a detrimental effect on participation in civic and other activities Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

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Definitely a little dry (my husband actually read it as a textbook in college), but the research seemed really solid and the subject matter is interesting and I think relevant- how we do (or don't ... Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS THINKING ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE IN AMERICA
15
TRENDs IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL CAPITAL
29
Civic Participation
48
Religious Participation
65
Connections in the Workplace
80
Informal Social Connections
93
Altruism Volunteering and Philanthropy
116
Reciprocity Honesty and Trust
134
Education and Childrens Welfare
296
Safe and Productive Neighborhoods
307
Economic Prosperity
319
Health and Happiness
326
Democracy
336
CHAPTER 22 The Dark Side of Social Capital
350
WHAT Is TO BE DONE?
365
Lessons of History The Gilded Age and
367

Against the Tide? Small Groups Social Movements
148
WHY?
159
Introduction
183
Pressures of Time and Money
189
Mobility and Sprawl
204
Technology and Mass Media
216
From Generation to Generation
247
What Killed Civic Engagement? Summing Up
277
Introduction
287
Toward an Agenda for Social Capitalists
402
Measuring Social Change
415
Sources for Figures and Tables
425
The Rise and Fall of Civic and
437
NOTES
445
THE STORY BEHIND THIS BOOK
505
INDEX
515
Copyright

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Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America.

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