Television, two-career families, suburban sprawl, generational changes in values--these and other changes in American society have meant that fewer and fewer of us find that the League of Women Voters, or the United Way, or the Shriners, or the monthly bridge club, or even a Sunday picnic with friends fits the way we have come to live. Our growing social-capital deficit threatens educational performance, safe neighborhoods, equitable tax collection, democratic responsiveness, everyday honesty, and even our health and happiness.The conclusions reached in the book Bowling Alone rest on a mountain of data gathered by Putnam and a team of researchers since his original essay appeared. Its breadth of information is astounding--yes, he really has statistics showing people are less likely to take Sunday picnics nowadays. Dozens of charts and graphs track everything from trends in PTA participation to the number of times Americans say they give "the finger" to other drivers each year. If nothing else, Bowling Alone is a fascinating collection of factoids. Yet it does seem to provide an explanation for why "we tell pollsters that we wish we lived in a more civil, more trustworthy, more collectively caring community." What's more, writes Putnam, "Americans are right that the bonds of our communities have withered, and we are right to fear that this transformation has very real costs." Putnam takes a stab at suggesting how things might change, but the book's real strength is in its diagnosis rather than its proposed solutions. Bowling Alone won't make Putnam any less controversial, but it may come to be known as a path-breaking work of scholarship, one whose influence has a long reach into the 21st century. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Putnam's book should be read as an exercise in building social capital.
After reading this book, one should only be encouraged to find ways to involve himself or herself in their communities and invite the neighbors over for a BBQ.
Putnam's writing was very good; I don't think this book can fairly be characterized as being "dry".
Good text for those studying Sociology. Author made some interesting points that gave the reader lots to think about.Published 18 days ago by Marianne Gallagher
Long and drawn out. Probably could've been a shorter book if it wasn't so wordy. Main points WITH details could've been in just 50 pages or less. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Madonna Hinkle
This bookseller was awesome!!! This book came in only 3 days from the UK to the US!!!!! Thank you!!!!!Published 1 month ago by C. Sharicz
This book was so dry, so academic, and so tedious that it felt like it was written by a Harvard professor. Oh wait, it was written by a Harvard professor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DJ MichaelAngelo
I read this before the advent of social media as we know it today. I hope, given the intensified collapse the incivility and anonymity of technology has fostered, that revival can... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rev Belle
I used this as a reference for a paper I writ in and found it interesting. It is a sociological study.Published 2 months ago by Naomi S. Berman
This book is one of several I've been reading that helps me get a grip on what's happening to us. It's not a pretty picture.Published 3 months ago by Joseph W. Nichols
This was basically a primer about social capital, what it does, and it delves a bit into some of the benefits and negatives of social capital. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Asteriskx