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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—Walter Kiechel, Harvard Business Review “A provocative discussion. [Putnam]
shows us the real problems... and offers some broad-based goals that will help
us to connect better with one another.” —Inc. Magazine “This book deserves a ...
26 Numerous law review articles reflected on the implications of Bowling Alone
for jurisprudence, both in the United States and abroad.27 And in 2004 the
Whitney Museum of American Art curated Social Capital: Forms of Interaction, ...
So our review of trends in social capital and civic engagement ranges widely
across various sectors of this complex society. In the chapters that follow we
begin by charting Americans' participation in the most public forum—politics and
We shall review hard evidence that our schools and neighborhoods don't work so
well when community bonds slacken, that our economy, our democracy, and
even our health and happiness depend on adequate stocks of social capital.
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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