'Disconnected' - Book Intro

DISCONNECTED, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2010

Posted: 2 Oct 2010

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Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

Date Written: October 1, 2010


This book on trends in social capital asks whether Australians are tightly-knit and looking out for each other, or are we all disconnected? Organisational membership records and surveys show that our society is shifting rapidly. These days, chances are you never quite get around to talking to your neighbours, or you’re always too busy to give blood. Disconnected guides us through the reasons that our social fabric has begun to fray, and outlines steps to creating a better civic life.

Chapter Overview 1. Introduction 2. Joining, Volunteering and Giving 3. Religion 4. Politics 5. The Workplace 6. Sport, Culture and Entertainment 7. Friends and Neighbours 8. Trust and Honesty 9. Explaining the Trends 10. What is to be Done?

Keywords: social capital, Australia, trends

JEL Classification: J22, N17

Suggested Citation

Leigh, Andrew, 'Disconnected' - Book Intro (October 1, 2010). DISCONNECTED, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1685211

Andrew Leigh (Contact Author)

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House ( email )

Canberra, 2600

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU ( email )

ANU College of Business and Economics
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

IZA ( email )

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