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An Analysis of Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone By Elizabeth Morrow

An Analysis of Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone by Elizabeth Morrow

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In Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam argues that Americans have become disconnected from one another and from the institutions of their common life, and investigates the consequences of this change.

An Analysis of Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone Summary

An Analysis of Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone by Elizabeth Morrow

American political scientist Robert Putnam wasn't the first person to recognize that social capital - the relationships between people that allow communities to function well - is the grease that oils the wheels of society. But by publishing Bowling Alone, he moved the debate from one primarily concerned with family and individual relationships one that studied the social capital generated by people's engagement with the civic life.

Putnam drew heavily on the critical thinking skill of interpretation in shaping his work. He took fresh looks at the meaning of evidence that other scholars had made too many assumptions about, and was scrupulous in clarifying what his evidence was really saying. He found that strong social capital has the power to boost health, lower unemployment, and improve life in major ways. As such, any decrease in civic engagement could create serious consequences for society.

Putnam's interpretation of these issues led him to the understanding that if America is to thrive, its citizens must connect.

About Elizabeth Morrow

Dr Elizabeth Morrow is currently a research fellow at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham. She began her career as a lawyer with the Victorian state government in Melbourne before completing her PhD in Politics in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text

Who is Robert D. Putnam?

What does Bowling Alone Say?

Why does Bowling Alone Matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

Additional information

NGR9781912127726
9781912127726
1912127725
An Analysis of Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone by Elizabeth Morrow
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Macat International Limited
2017-07-04
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