Includes bibliographical references (p. -504) and index.
Section I : Introduction. Thinking about social change in America -- Section II : Trends in civic engagement and social capital. Political participation -- Civic participation -- Religious participation -- Connections in the workplace -- Informal social connections -- Altruism, volunteering, and philanthropy -- Reciprocity, honesty, and trust -- Against the tide? : small groups, social movements, and the Net -- Section III : Why? Introduction -- Pressures of time and money -- Mobility and sprawl -- Technology and mass media -- From generation to generation -- What killed civic engagement? : summing up -- Section IV : So what? / with the assistance of Kristin A. Goss. Introduction -- Education and children's welfare -- Safe and productive neighborhoods -- Economic prosperity -- Health and happiness -- Democracy -- The dark side of social capital -- Section V : What is to be done? Lessons of history : the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era -- Toward an agenda for social capitalists -- Appendix I : Measuring social change -- Appendix II : Sources for figures and tables -- Appendix III: The rise and fall of civic and professional associations -- Notes -- The story behind this book.