Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

By Robert D Putnam
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.


NEWS & OPINION: Get Back In The Box - People Need People

Posted August 2, 2006, 10:11 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
This is the third post in a series on Doug Rushkoff's Get Box In The Box. Rushkoff's next theme is the concept of Social Currency. This is his way of talking about word-of-mouth and comes at it from the authentic angle. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Further Love Reading

Posted June 25, 2004, 8:25 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Here is the list of books at the end of Lovemarks that Kevin Roberts recommends as "Further Reading": Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses, New York: Vintage Books, 1991. Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love, New York: Vintage Books, 1995. John Armstrong, Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy, London: Penguin, 2002. Read more


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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish date 08/07/2001
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