Democracies in Flux The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society

ISBN-10: 0195171608
ISBN-13: 9780195171600
Edition: 2004
Authors: Robert D. Putnam
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Description: In his national bestseller Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam illuminated the decline of social capital in the US. Now, in Democracies in Flux, Putnam brings together a group of leading scholars who broaden his findings as they examine the state of social  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

In his national bestseller Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam illuminated the decline of social capital in the US. Now, in Democracies in Flux, Putnam brings together a group of leading scholars who broaden his findings as they examine the state of social capital in eight advanced democracies around the world. The book is packed with many intriguing revelations. The contributors note, for instance, that waning participation in unions, churches, and political parties seems to be virtually universal, a troubling discovery as these forms of social capital are especially important for empowering less educated, less affluent portions of the population. Indeed, in general, the researchers found more social grouping among the affluent than among the working classes and they find evidence of a youngergeneration that is singularly uninterested in politics, distrustful both of politicians and of others, cynical about public affairs, and less inclined to participate in enduring social organizations. Yet social capital appears as strong as ever in Sweden, where 40% of the adult population participate in"study circles"--small groups who meet weekly for educational discussions. Social capital--good will, fellowship, sympathy, and social intercourse--is vitally important both for the health of our communities and for our own physical and psychological well being. Offering a panoramic look at social capital around the world, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of these phenomena and why they are important in today's world.

Introduction
Great Britain: The Role of Government and the Distribution of Social Capital
United States: Bridging the Privileged and the Marginalized?
United States: From Membership to Advocacy
France: Old and New Civic and Social Ties in France
A Decline of Social Capital? The German Case
From Civil War to Civil Society: Social Capital in Spain from the 1930s to the 1990s
Sweden: Social Capital in the Social Democratic State
Australia: Making the Lucky Country
Broadening the Basis of Social Capital in Japan
Conclusion
Notes
Contributors
Index

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