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Robert Putnam - Bowling Alone - Journal of Democracy 6:1 - 0 views

  • The technological transformation of leisure. There is reason to believe that deep-seated technological trends are radically "privatizing" or "individualizing" our use of leisure time and thus disrupting many opportunities for social-capital formation. The most obvious and probably the most powerful instrument of this revolution is television.
  • replacement of community-based enterprises by outposts of distant multinational firms
  • fewer marriages, more divorces
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  • Mobility, like frequent re-potting of plants, tends to disrupt root systems, and it takes time for an uprooted individual to put down new roots. It seems plausible that the automobile, suburbanization, and the movement to the Sun Belt have reduced the social rootedness of the average American,
  • It seems highly plausible that this social revolution should have reduced the time and energy available for building social capital.
  • These new mass-membership organizations are plainly of great political importance.
  • the only act of membership consists in writing a check for dues or perhaps occasionally reading a newsletter.
  • tertiary associations
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