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

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000
ISBN: 9780684832838
0684832836
Branch Call Number: 306.0973/PUT

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lukasevansherman
Nov 06, 2013

Don't bowl alone!

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fagens
Apr 24, 2012

from The Social Animal by David Brooks

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