Are we still Bowling Alone?
October 26, 2015 2:27 PM   Subscribe

A while, I read Putnam's Bowling Alone and Fishman's The Walmart Effect and I enjoyed them. I didn't necessarily agree with everything they said, but I enjoyed them. A lot has changed since they were written. I'd like some recommendations of more recent books that are along the same lines as those -- books about social change written in layman's terms that aren't overtly biased.
posted by MildredMakenpace to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Aziz Ansari's 'Modern Romance.'
posted by box at 4:32 PM on October 26, 2015

Putnam's Harvard colleague, Theda Skocpol, wrote a response to the Bowling Alone thesis many years ago: Unravelling from Above.

She later developed her argument more fully in a book called Diminished Democracy. She also co-edited Civic Engagement in American Democracy.
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 5:58 PM on October 26, 2015 [3 favorites]

I think you'd enjoy Sherry Turkle's Alone Together, which is a very recent sociology book that considers how the growth of personal technology has affected the type of bridging/bonding social glue that Putnam examines.
posted by correcaminos at 6:08 PM on October 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

I've been thinking about this question for a while, and haven't been able to come up with something that perfectly matches your criteria, which surprised me because I love reading stuff like this and thought I read a lot of it. These are the ones I thought of that didn't quite fit, but are still excellent:

The Warmth of Other Suns
Thinking, Fast and Slow
American Nations

These are older (written around the same time as Bowling Alone)
Guns, Germs, and Steel

Oh, and I haven't finished it yet but I did start So You've Been Publicly Shamed which I think is written by a Mefite and seems to be very good.
posted by selfmedicating at 6:40 PM on October 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Putnam has a new book out on inequality. Here.. I heard him talk about it, and it was terrific.

I love Kevin Phillips' American Theocracy. I learned a bunch about America from that.
posted by persona au gratin at 12:01 AM on October 27, 2015

Thank you for the links, everyone. I'm off to update my wish list. I suppose this is more of a niche than I thought it was.
posted by MildredMakenpace at 12:56 PM on October 27, 2015

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