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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... the 1940s.12 Roughly every other month from 1974 to 1998 Roper pollsters
asked Americans, “Have you recently been taking a good deal of interest in
current events and what's happening in the world today, some interest, or not
very much ...
However, a recently retrieved archive of unparalleled depth enables us to track in
great detail a wide range of civic activities. Roughly every month from 1973
through 1994 the Roper survey organization presented thousands of Americans
The answer is simple: The frequency of virtually every form of community
involvement measured in the Roper polls declined significantly, from the most
common—petition signing—to the least common—running for office. Americans
... the everyday deliberations that constitute grassroots democracy. In effect, more
than a third of America's civic infrastructure simply evaporated between the mid-
1970s and the mid-1990s. Finally, the Roper surveys also shed light on trends in.
Finally, the Roper surveys also shed light on trends in various forms of public
expression—signing petitions, writing Congress, writing an article or a letter to
the editor, and making a speech. Once again, each of these types of activity has ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JosephKing6602 - LibraryThing
Amazing use of archival data and formal US survey information. I read the edition published in 2000; I wish it were being updates for 2020. Very timely issues about civic engagement. Read full review
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