Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

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Simon & Schuster, Aug 7, 2001 - Social Science - 544 pages
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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

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User Review  - Annemargaret Olsson - Goodreads

Though this book was written in 2000, it still provides a wealth of information about the changes in our social connections and changes in society that impact us today. This book has really changed ... Read full review

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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



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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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