Bowling Alone

Bowling Alone

The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Book - 2000
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, ©2000.
ISBN: 9780743203043
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 PUTNAM
Characteristics: 541 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 12, 2017

The old English idiom "elephant in the room," meaning an obvious truth that is being ignored or unaddressed, depicts the state of community involvement in America ( and by extension Canada ) in the latter half of the 20th century. Through his insightful book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam explores the decline of civic engagement and social connectedness in modern American society. Putnam uses his work to shed light on reasons for such decline in community involvement and social capital, as well as posits suggestions and strategies for reversing this trend.

Nov 06, 2013

Don't bowl alone!

Apr 24, 2012

from The Social Animal by David Brooks


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