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

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Description541 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
BibliographyIncludes bibliographical references (p. [445]-504) and index
ContentsSection 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
SubjectSocial change -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
ISBN0743203046 (trade pbk.)
9780743203043 (trade pbk.)
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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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Robert D. Putnam
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 (read more)
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May 15, 2000

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 (read more)
December 1, 2000

According to Putnam, people participated to a considerable degree in various public and private groups well into the 1960s, but since then such participation, referred to as "social capital" because of its potential benefits, has declined. The author devotes eight of the book's 24 chapters to an attempt to provide evidence for reduced participation in political (read more)
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NonFiction; Sociology
American culture; Community relationships; Community life; Sociology; Social change; Social classes; Social integration; Social history; American history
United States
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20th-21st century
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