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 and describes in this brilliant volume, "Bowling Alone."

Drawing on vast new data from the Roper Social and Political Trends and the DDB Needham Life Style -- surveys that report in detail on Americans' changing behavior over the past twenty-five years -- Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and social structures, whether the PTA, church, recreation clubs, political parties, or bowling leagues. Our shrinking access to the "social capital" that is the reward of communal activity and community sharing is a serious threat to our civic and personal health.

Putnam's groundbreaking 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 cap

Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000.
ISBN: 9780684832838
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 PUT
Characteristics: 541 p. :,ill. ;,25 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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