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Putnam, Robert D.
TitleBowling alone : the collapse and revival of American community / Robert D. Putnam.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [2000]

 Pretoria Open Collection 306.0973 PUTN  AVAILABLE
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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, 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 (...read more)
Author Notes
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. A leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has consulted for the last four U.S. Presidents. He has written fourteen books including Better Together: Restoring the American Community, Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society, and Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
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Chapter One: Thinking about Social Change in America
No one is left from the Glenn Valley, Pennsylvania, Bridge Club who can tell us precisely when or why the group broke up, even though its forty-odd members were still playing regularly as recently as 1990, just as they had done for more than half a century. The shock in the Little Rock, Arkansas, Sertoma club, however, is still painful: in the mid-1980s, nearly fifty people had attended the weekly luncheon to plan activities to help the hearing- and speech-impaired, but a decade later only seven regulars continued to show up.
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Table of Contents
Ch. 1Thinking about Social Change in America15
Ch. 2Political Participation31
Ch. 3Civic Participation48
Ch. 4Religious Participation65
Ch. 5Connections in the Workplace80
Ch. 6Informal Social Connections93
Ch. 7Altruism, Volunteering, and Philanthropy116
Ch. 8Reciprocity, Honesty, and Trust134
Ch. 9Against the Tide? Small Groups, Social Movements, and the Net148
Ch. 10Introduction183
Ch. 11Pressures of Time and Money189
Ch. 12Mobility and Sprawl204
Ch. 13Technology and Mass Media216
Ch. 14From Generation to Generation247
Ch. 15What Killed Civic Engagement? Summing UP277
Ch. 16Introduction287
Ch. 17Education and Children's Welfare296
Ch. 18Safe and Productive Neighborhoods307
Ch. 19Economic Prosperity319
Ch. 20Health and Happiness326
Ch. 21Democracy336
Ch. 22The Dark Side of Social Capital350
Ch. 23Lessons of History: The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era367
Ch. 24Toward an Agenda for Social Capitalists402
Appendix IMeasuring Social Change415
Appendix IISources for Figures and Tables425
Appendix IIIThe Rise and Fall of Civic and Professional Associations437
 The Story behind this Book505
Call no.306.0973 PUTN
Phys. Description541 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Typetext
Format Typevolume
Bibliog.Includes bibliographical references (pages [445]-504) and index.
Summary"Putnam's work shows how social bonds are the most powerful predictor of life satisfaction. For example, he reports that getting married is the equivalent of quadrupling your income and attending a club meeting regularly is the equivalent of doubling your income. The loss of social capital is felt in critical ways: Communities with less social capital have lower educational performance and more teen pregnancy, child suicide, low birth weight, and prenatal mortality. Social capital is also a strong predictor of crime rates and other measures of neighborhood quality of life, as it is of our health: In quantitative terms, if you both smoke and belong to no groups, it's a close call as to which is the riskier behavior."--BOOK JACKET.
SubjectUnited States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Social change -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
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