Book 28: Bowling Alone


Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam

I have not actually read this book, but I do have it coming from Amazon.  I came across it on accident and read the blurb on Amazon (see below).

Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans’ changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures—whether they be PTA, church, or political parties—have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe. 

Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam’s Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.
 I think that one strong reason why the rockabilly subculture is strong is due to the strong sense of community that we have.  It doesn't matter if you're more psychobilly or hillbilly or a square or a greaser or a lounge lizard.  If you show up to a car show or a big rockabilly event (like Viva Las Vegas), you are accepted.  We have car clubs and craft groups and cooking clubs and game nights and bowling teams.  We have a growing and developing sense of community that is severely lacking in today's world.

I know this is like a backwards book review, but I really am looking forward to it....and I think it should be in my mailbox today!  Hooray!

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