Bowling Alone The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Bowling Alone
Key terms
Between 1975 and 2000, declines in civic, political, religious, and personal connections amongst Americans resulted in major political and social problems. This book explains why readers should care and suggests that further research is needed to encourage social engagement.
Social Capital
Until the 1970s, Americans spent most of their time engaging with other people.
Power of Information Technology
By 2000, Americans were socially disengaged and isolated from their communities.
The Past Points the Way Forward
Americans must work to rebuild social capital for the 21st century.
Increase in the number of Americans who bowled from 1980 to 1993
Decline in the times families entertained in their homes per year from the 1970s to 1990s
Decrease in the number of Americans who participated in bowling leagues from 1980 to 1993
Decline in families involved with a parent-teacher association between the 1960s and 1980s
Social Capital
Real-life social connections to groups and individuals
Generational Change
Cultural differences that define generations
Urban Sprawl
Expansion of suburbs and associated services beyond cities
BORN 1941
Putnam caused a sensation among government and organization professionals when he wrote an article titled "Bowling Alone" in the small Journal of Democracy. This article became the basis for Bowling Alone, a book that, along with his other works, has earned Putnam international recognition and prestige.