Bowling Alone The Collapse and Revival of American Community

ISBN-10: 0743203046
ISBN-13: 9780743203043
Edition: 2001
Authors: Robert D. Putnam
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

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,whichThe Economisthailed 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 asThe Lonely CrowdandThe Affluent Society,and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam'sBowling Alonehas identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.

Introduction
Thinking about Social Change in America
Trends in Civic Engagement and Social Capital
Political Participation
Civic Participation
Religious Participation
Connections in the Workplace
Informal Social Connections
Altruism, Volunteering, and Philanthropy
Reciprocity, Honesty, and Trust
Against the Tide? Small Groups, Social Movements, and the Net
Why?
Introduction
Pressures of Time and Money
Mobility and Sprawl
Technology and Mass Media
From Generation to Generation
What Killed Civic Engagement? Summing Up
So What? (with the assistance of Kristin A. Goss)
Introduction
Education and Children's Welfare
Safe and Productive Neighborhoods
Economic Prosperity
Health and Happiness
Democracy
The Dark Side of Social Capital
What is to be Done?
Lessons of History: The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era
Toward an Agenda for Social Capitalists
Measuring Social Change
Sources for Figures and Tables
The Rise and Fall of Civic and Professional Associations
Notes
The Story Behind this Book
Index

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