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 Economist “An important work that is likely to be the center of much debate
... Books of sociological insight as readable and significant as David Reisman's
Lonely Crowd and C. Wright Mills's Power Elite come along seldom. Putnam's ...
The topic is important, and the passion infectious. Putnam gets you thinking
about the challenges to community in a high-tech economy.” —Christopher
Farrell, BusinessWeek “Bowling Alone [is]... a singularly valuable beta test for
The decline of union membership, another important trend identified in the book,
has also accelerated since the first edition of Bowling Alone. And the cultural
salience of unions has also continued to wane.7 The collapse of philanthropic ...
“Putnam,” he said, “basically sold me on the idea that local community is
important.”24 Given his technical expertise, it seemed obvious to him that he
could help restore local community. Joseph Kopser, a former student of mine and
a U.S. ...
Writing in 1916 to urge the importance of community involvement for successful
schools, Hanifan invoked the idea of “social capital” to explain why. For Hanifan,
social capital referred to those tangible substances [that] count for most in the ...
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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