Is Bowling together Sociologically Lite?

Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 30, No. 3 (May 2001), p. 223

2 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: May 1, 2001

Abstract

Robert Putnam's new book raises crucial questions for the analysis of the social and moral future of American society. He demonstrates that the old, 1950s social fabric, and the white male dominated social bonds on which it was based, have largely frayed. Numerous kinds of civic engagement have declined, including participation in voluntary associations, public life, and religious activities. Putnam documents well that the anomie that followed this disengagement has had numerous ill effects on individuals and on society that are usually associated with the breakdown of social order, such as the increase in violent crime. The unavoidable question therefore is: What is going to fill the gnawing social vacuum? While he addresses this question largely in terms of a need to recreate social connectedness or community, it cannot be adequately answered, I shall argue, without examining the sources and content of a new shared moral culture.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Is Bowling together Sociologically Lite? (May 1, 2001). Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 30, No. 3 (May 2001), p. 223. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157025

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