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Call #306.0973 P992B
AuthorPutnam, Robert D.
TitleBowling alone : the collapse and revival of American community / Robert D. Putnam.
ImprintNew York : Simon & Schuster, [2013?], c2000.
 Grand Glaize 306.0973 P992B DUE 05-06-21
 Daniel Boone 306.0973 P992B IN LIBRARY
 Thornhill 306.0973 P992B IN LIBRARY
Descript541 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliog.Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-504) and index.
ContentsThinking about social change in America -- 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 -- Pressures of time and money -- Mobility and sprawl -- Technology and mass media -- From generation to generation -- What killed civic engagement? : summing up -- Education and children's welfare -- Safe and productive neighborhoods -- Economic prosperity -- Health and happiness -- Democracy -- The dark side of social capital -- Lessons of history : the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era -- Toward an agenda for social capitalists.
SummaryPacked with provocative information about the social and political habits of twentieth-century Americans.
SubjectUnited States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Social change -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN0743203046 (pbk.)
9780743203043 (pbk.)
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)
Library Journal Review
Harvard professor Putnam draws on a remarkable half a million interviews conducted over 25 years to show that Americans just aren't that connected anymore, joining fewer organizations, signing fewer petitions, and visiting less with neighbors. He also recommends how we can rebuild our ties. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Kirkus Review
A longer and much improved version of Putnam's controversial 1995 Journal of Democracy article of the same name, this is 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 work belongs in their company. This is partly because Putnam (Making Democracy Work, not reviewed) avoids the language of academic sociology and writes prose that most readers will find appealing. But, more importantly, Putnam's ideas have a weight (...read more)
Book List Review
Putnam laments the decline in the kind of informal social institutions--bridge clubs, bowling leagues, charity leagues, etc.--that were once the glue for many American communities. In a detailed, well-documented book, he examines how Americans have expended their "social capital," the good will and social intercourse that constitute basic neighborliness, to such an extent that they feel civic malaise despite economic prosperity. As social groups decline, so do civic, religious, and work groups. But Putnam sees trends of both collapse and renewal in civic engagement and seeks to (...read more)
Publishers Weekly Review
"If you don't go to somebody's funeral, they won't come to yours," Yogi Berra once said, neatly articulating the value of social networks. In this alarming and important study, Putnam, a professor of sociology at Harvard, charts the grievous deterioration over the past two generations of the organized ways in which people relate to one another and partake in civil life in the U.S. For example, in 1960, 62.8% of Americans of voting age participated in the presidential election, whereas by 1996, the percentage had slipped to 48.9%. While most Americans still claim a serious "religious (...read more)
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.
The (...read more)
Table of Contents
Section I
Chapter 1
Thinking about Social Change in America
Section II
Trends in Civic Engagement and Social Capital
Chapter 2
Political Participation
Chapter 3
Civic Participation
Chapter 4
Religious Participation
Chapter 5
Connections in the Workplace
Chapter 6
Informal Social Connections
Chapter 7
Altruism, Volunteering, and Philanthropy
Chapter 8
Reciprocity, Honesty, and Trust
Chapter 9
Against the Tide? Small Groups, Social Movements, and the Net
Section III
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Pressures of Time and (...read more)
Book Profile
NonFiction; Sociology;
American culture; Community relationships; Community life; Sociology; Social change; Social classes; Social integration; Social history; American history;
United States;
Time Period
20th-21st century;
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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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