This is Hearthie’s review of the book Bowling Alone.
I haven’t read this book, but I am planning to read it very soon. The loss of community bonds and social capital is a topic that interests me greatly.
When I read this book later in the spring, I’ll add my thoughts.
20 years late to the party is better than never….
It’s the habit of most of my readers and friends online to discuss the whys and wherefores of community involvement, religious involvement, and “how did we get into the mess we’re in”. This book looks at the correlative and causative factors in the demise of community involvement (from politics to religion to the Lion’s club) and gives some theories about what we might do about it, now that we’re here.
A short quote to sum things up:
“To predict whether I am likely to give time, money, blood, or even a minor favor, you need to know, above all, how active I am in community life and how strong my ties to family, friends, and neighbors are.” (p. 120-121)
In other words, being a member of the Bumble Bee Association makes you more likely to vote or pick up trash…
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