Published nearly two decades ago, Bowling Alone is one of academia’s and the media’s most referenced works. Legendary professor Robert Putnam dissects the profound shift away from collective and individual social participation – a shift that began in the United States in the 1970s. He explains why it happened, what the consequences are and how to reverse this destructive tide. Though dated in some measure, this classic remains foundational in its analysis of how social participation affects prosperity, safety, health and happiness. Putnam’s website offers his more recent thoughts on the web’s social impact.
About the Author
Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam, PhD, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, ranks among the world’s foremost political scientists and academics, and has written 15 books translated into 20 languages. His books include American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis and Better Together: Restoring the American Community. He shares his more current social analyses on robertdputnam.com/better-together.