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📒Bowling Alone ✍ Robert D. Putnam
📝Bowling Alone Book Synopsis : Shows how changes in work, family structure, women's roles, and other factors have caused people to become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and democratic structures--and how they may reconnect.
📒Bowling Alone ✍ Elizabeth Morrow
📝Bowling Alone Book Synopsis : 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.
📒Virtual Communities ✍ Felicia Wu Song
📝Virtual Communities Book Synopsis : Does contemporary Internet technology strengthen civic engagement and democratic practice? The recent surge in online community participation has become a cultural phenomenon enmeshed in ongoing debates about the health of American civil society. But observations about online communities often concentrate on ascertaining the true nature of community and democracy, typically rehearsing familiar communitarian and liberal perspectives. This book seeks to understand the technology on its own terms, focusing on how the technological and organizational configurations of online communities frame our contemporary beliefs and assumptions about community and the individual. It analyzes key structural features of thirty award-winning online community websites to show that while the values of individual autonomy, egalitarianism, and freedom of speech dominate the discursive content of these communities, the practical realities of online life are clearly marked by exclusivity and the demands of commercialization and corporate surveillance. Promises of social empowerment are framed within consumer and therapeutic frameworks that undermine their democratic efficacy. As a result, online communities fail to revolutionize the civic landscape because they create cultures of membership that epitomize the commodification of community and public life altogether.
📒Social Capital ✍ Scott L. McLean
📝Social Capital Book Synopsis : "Social Capital is an important crtique that should stimulate further analysis and dicussion of what constitutes community." — New Political Science "The reader emerges with a good sense of the gaps in Putnam's work- or more appropriately in the context of this book, the way in which the 'feelgood' factor of Putnam's work deserves critical analysis." —Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations This collection tackles the theme of isolation and the breakdown of mediating social institutions. It is, in part, a response to Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone as well as an attempt to create a broader idea of civil society. These original essays contribute to the examination of democratic theory and practice, exploring one of the most popular causes of this decline in public trust—social capital. These critical essays are written by specialists and scholars in American politics and American political thought. They utilize diverse methodologies—empirical and philosophical—and multiple perspectives to examine critically the social capital discourse and how it is related to political participation, civic engagement, and American democracy.
📒Bowling Alone ✍ Steven N. Durlauf
📝Bowling Alone Book Synopsis :
📝A critical evaluation of Robert Putnam s Bowling Alone America s declining Social Capital Book Synopsis : Essay from the year 2012 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Region: USA, grade: 1.0, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH, course: Civic Networks & Social Capital, language: English, abstract: This paper critically evaluates Robert Putnam’s “Bowling Alone: America’s declining social capital”, published in 1995 in the Journal of Democracy, both empirically and theoretically. It counterchecks the empirical findings by Putnam based on data from the WorldValuesSurvey of 2006 and thereby also provides an updated view on Putnam's claim of declining social capital in the United States. Subsequentially Putnam's theory is put into contrast with and linked to works by Granovetter (1973), Dalton (2008); Fischer (2001); Fischer & Hout (2006); Stolle, Hooghe & Micheletti (2005); Kadushin (2004).
📝From Bowling Alone to Coffeeing Together A Reinvestigation of the Alleged Decline of Social Capital in the United States Book Synopsis : This study investigates trends in social capital in the United States. A fundamental aim of this study is to better understand American social capital trends by developing a more precise measure of social capital. Social capital is defined in terms of four dimensions: generalized trust, institutional trust, tolerance, and connectedness. The General Social Survey (GSS) from 1972 to 2002 is employed to assess trends in social capital in American society. Social capital trends vary not only by each dimension of social capital but also by generation (cohort). Age, period, and cohort (APC) analysis is employed to more closely scrutinize social capital patterns over the years. The APC analysis helps to disentangle age, period, and cohort effects in explaining levels of social capital over time. The total social capital trend, which is developed by combining all four dimensions of social capital, indicates levels of social capital are on the rebound. This study attempts to comprehend rising levels of social capital by proposing the notion of "lattes together" (in contrast to Putnam's thesis of "bowling alone") built on the concept of "third places" developed by Oldenburg. In American society, recently it appears that having a cup of coffee at third places has become one of the main American characters and social rituals.
📒Social Capital And The Latino Community ✍ Joy Hofer
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📒Disaffected Democracies ✍ Susan J. Pharr
📝Disaffected Democracies Book Synopsis : It is notable that as democracy replaces other forms of governing throughout the world, citizens of the most established and prosperous democracies increasingly report dissatisfaction and frustration with their governments. This volume examines why this is so.
📒Shopping For Meaningful Lives ✍ Bruce P. Rittenhouse
📝Shopping for Meaningful Lives Book Synopsis : Consumerism is a problem. It deforms individual character, our sense of obligation to one another, and our concern for future generations and the environment. Even in the aftermath of the worst economic downturn in seventy years, it remains a defining feature of Western cultures. But, beyond this assessment, neither Christian theologians and ethicists nor secular economists and sociologists have understood what drives consumerism or what can be done to counteract it. This is the problem that Bruce P. Rittenhouse solves in Shopping for Meaningful Lives. Dr. Rittenhouse analyzes economic, sociological, and psychological evidence to prove that consumers behave differently than the current theories predict. Dr. Rittenhouse shows that consumerism functions as a religion. It provides a means of assurance that an individual life is meaningful. Because we need this assurance to live out our everyday lives, consumerism takes precedence over whatever other values a person professes--unless a person can adopt a different way to secure the meaning of his or her life. This interpretation explains how consumers actually behave. From the perspective of Christian theology, consumerism is a wrong answer to a problem of human existence that should be answered by faith in Christ.