- Author : Robert D. Putnam
- Publsiher : Simon and Schuster
- Release : 01 August 2001
- ISBN : 9780743219037
- Page : 544 pages
- Rating : 3/5 from 8 voters
Download Bowling Alone Book PDF Online
Download or read book entitled Bowling Alone written by Robert D. Putnam and published by Simon and Schuster online. This book was released on 01 August 2001 with total pages 544. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Get best books that you want by click Get Book Button and Read as many books as you like.
Book Excerpt : 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, Bowling Alone, 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.