The decline of social involvement has been noted as a universal phenomenon in America. Especially since the sixties, Americans are less involved in civic associations that serve to bind people together with ties of trust and confidence. Such a decline is pulling American society and economy apart.
Sociologist Robert Putnam notes that “virtually no corner of American society has been immune to this anticivic contagion. It has affected men and women; central cities, suburbs, and small towns; the wealthy, the poor, and the middle class; blacks, whites, and other ethnic groups; people who work and those who don’t; married couples and swinging singles; North, South, both coasts, and the heartland.” (Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 2000, p. 247)