Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
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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Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American CommunityUser Review - Luna Paydon - Goodreads
Despite the incredible amount of statistics and heavy "data" in this book, the author didn't seem to say much of anything. It still felt very anecdotal to me. Anyone interested in reading this I would ... Read full review
Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American CommunityUser Review - Ee Cheng Ooi - Goodreads
I agree that the message of the book is important, and admire the sheer volume of data collected by the author analysing social capital in American communities. It was also, however, a brain-numbingly hard slog which caused me a great deal of boredom and occasional spikes of frustration. Two stars. Read full review