Democracies in Flux
The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society
Edited by Robert D. Putnam
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Democracies in Flux by Robert D. Putnam
Book DescriptionIn his national bestseller Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam illuminated the decline of social capital in the US. Now, in Democracies in Flux, Putnam brings together a group of leading scholars who broaden his findings as they examine the state of social capital in eight advanced democracies around the world. The book is packed with many intriguing revelations. The contributors note, for instance, that waning participation in unions, churches, and political parties seems to be virtually universal, a troubling discovery as these forms of social capital are especially important for empowering less educated, less affluent portions of the population. Indeed, in general, the researchers found more social grouping among the affluent than among the working classes and they find evidence of a younger generation that is singularly uninterested in politics, distrustful both of politicians and of others, cynical about public affairs, and less inclined to participate in enduring social organizations. Yet social capital appears as strong as ever in Sweden, where 40% of the adult population participate in "study circles"-small groups who meet weekly for educational discussions. Social capital-good will, fellowship, sympathy, and social intercourse-is vitally important both for the health of our communities and for our own physical and psychological well being. Offering a panoramic look at social capital around the world, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of these phenomena and why they are important in today's world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195171600
(233mm x 156mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert D. Putnam
Our Kids, Paperback (April 2016)
New York Times bestseller and examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone.
Age of Obama, Paperback (March 2010)
As the world marvelled at a black family moving into the White House, arguments raged over whether America's race relations had truly been transformed. This book looks at the hard facts of life for minorities on both side of the Atlantic, providing an illuminating comparative picture of diversity.
Better Together, Paperback (February 2005)
From bestselling author Robert Putnam, comes a groundbreaking follow-up book that puts into practice the lessons learnt from BOWLING ALONE.
Disaffected Democracies, Paperback (May 2000)» View all books by Robert D. Putnam
A culmination of various research projects, this collection of papers presents data that allows direct comparisons across national borders and detailed pictures of trends within countries. It shows that citizen disaffection in the Trilateral democracies is not the result of frayed social fabric, the end of the Cold War, or public cynicism.
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Author Biography - Robert D. Putnam
Robert D. Putnam is Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is the founder of the Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement and author of the best-selling Bowling Alone.
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