Bowling Alone — Reader Q&A
Robert D. Putnam on Our Civic Life in Decline
Bowling Alone Short Answer Test - Answer Key
Putnam, Robert. See Library Search Instructions. A social capital is the features of social organization that start coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit. Robert Punan explains the increase and decrease of some social capitals, religious affiliation for example has remained a steady form of social capital, though league bowling has decreased dramatically. League bowling has withdrawn hugely from a social sport, and many bowlers are now bowling individually. Mass membership organization, for the most part, require members to simply write a check. Though they often lack interaction between members, the only connection is common ideals.
Immigration destroys social capital, the networks of reciprocity and trust that bind people and communities together. That's the bad news. The good news is that it can be rebuilt, and is rebuilt, not by the kind of integration that requires newcomers to be like us, or by multicultural separatism. It takes time and effort to change Them and Us into a "new us". A new us? Well, a generation ago, a marriage between an Irish Catholic and an Italian one would routinely have been described as a "mixed marriage". Since such people's children now marry or raise children with Sikhs or Jews, Hindus or Muslims, Italian-Irish no longer looks exotic.
Putnam chronicled the decline of social capital in the U. Putnam and David E. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. The core idea of social capital is simply that social networks have value. It turned out that for most of the 20th century, social capital was rising in America.