The Decline of Social Involvement in America

The Decline of Social Involvement in AmericaThe 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.

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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)

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