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Bowling Alone Characters

Robert D. Putnam
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American Society

In Bowling Alone, Putnam argues that American society is declining in civic participation and social capital. He points out the fewer members participate socially now as compared to the middle of the twentieth century. The lowered participation has led to an increase in social problems such as suicide, depression, crime, and health issues. He believes that this decline in social capital is explained largely by generational succession and argues that American society can change the course that it is on and improve social capital.

Civic engagement has long been a part of American society. As a democracy, people have been expected to be involved in their nation and communities by voting and participating in political discussions. Religious and other voluntary organizations have often been the lifeblood of American society by providing social connections and helping those who need it. However, social capital hasn't always been strong. It...

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