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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... in which we highlighted examples of several successful initiatives aimed at
restoring our. Figure A: Growth in Scholarly and Public Attention to “Social
Capital” (1985–2014) Figure 1: Trends in Presidential Voting (1828–1996), by
Section III explores a wide range of possible explanations—from overwork to
suburban sprawl, from the welfare state to the women's revolution, from racism to
television, from the growth of mobility to the growth of divorce. Some of these
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early growth in usage is attributable to generational change. Change is, however,
easier for young people, so the immediate impetus for growth is dampened by.
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the ingrained habits of older generations. Many middle-aged Americans today
recall how reluctantly their parents picked up the phone for a long-distance call, ...
The growth chart for this political “industry” (see figure 2) exhibits an ebullience
more familiar in Silicon Valley. The business of politics in America has never
been healthier, or so it would seem.18 Yet viewed by the “consumers” in the
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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
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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