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.
Results 1-5 of 100
—Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun “Deserves to be compared to such
classic works as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society.” —John Atlas,
Newark Star-Ledger “Its four hundred pages are crammed with statistics and
His argument— buttressed by impressive scholarly research—that the United
States has lost much of the social glue that once allowed our society to cohere,
that we are in danger of becoming a nation of strangers to one another without ...
As more trusting generations have died out, they have been succeeded by less
trusting youth cohorts, leaving America a less trusting society, year after year.10
Contrary to these continued declines, the last two decades have seen little to no ...
In the short run, therefore, our youthful demography actually tended to dampen
the ebullience of civil society. But that very bulge at the bottom of the nation's
demographic pyramid boded well for the future of community organizations, for
What people are saying - Write a review
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