Bowling Alone

by Robert D. Putnam

Book Reviews

  • I know it sounds kind of corny to talk about a "serious relationship" with a community. But Putnam and others have documented how important this concept is to people's well being. And how a sense of belonging has been vanishing. to Tweet
  • Robert Putnam's book Bowling Alone is one of the most influential pieces of American sociology. In it, he talks about the decline of social life in America, including the fall in church membership and attendance at public meetings. Here's a summary. to Tweet
  • My prediction: neighborhoods will make a comeback Apps will give us global access to better digital services: teachers, yoga instructors but we'll seek local community again Recommend the book Bowling Alone Informed a number of themes for @WorkLifeVC to Tweet
  • Just finished reading @RobertDPutnam's Bowling Alone on the collapse and revival of American communities. A lot of interesting history on the creation of groups like PTA. Feels like many tactics can be replicated to build online communities today. to Tweet

About Book

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.