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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—James Davison Hunter, The Weekly Standard “A powerful sociological portrait
of a democracy in imminent decline—a portrait as perspicacious, deeply felt, and
firmly rooted in data as the classic American portraits rendered in... The Lonely ...
Based upon previous work I had done in Italy—which argued that healthy
democracies depend upon social connectedness—I began to wonder if some of
the challenges America was facing as we approached the end of the twentieth
I've never hidden the fact that my own views are progressive and democratic, nor
my collaboration with President Obama; but many leading conservatives have
praised my work. Jeb Bush has attributed his political and ideological
The tremendous response to this book has always felt like a testament to
America's embattled but never vanquished community spirit, and the inextricable
place of social capital in the success or failure of our democratic experiment. It is
And in the meantime, the bull session buzz about “participatory democracy” and “
all power to the people” seemed to augur ever more widespread engagement in
community affairs. One of America's most acute social observers prophesied in ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jonerthon - LibraryThing
Probably the last of the older titles that has been on my reading list too long. Though it is dated in some ways, I was glad to finally get through this one and understand why so many planners have ... Read full review
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The present withdrawal of the individual from social organizations now resembles the situation after WW I as depicted in Chapter IX of Eckstein's Rites of Spring, in which he describes veteran's eschewal of social commitments. Read full review