Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Bowling Alone

Have you ever given much thought to the community in which your practice is located? If you are like must of us, probably not. But there are some good reasons why you should. The more you understand the community around you, the better able you are to identify with them and create a cohesive relationship. That’s exactly what this book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert Putnam sets out to explain.

In “Bowling Alone,” readers learn fascinating facts about the collapse of our community. From how people are have been pulling away from being in social structures, such as church and the PTA, to even putting in less time volunteering and donating to help others. Over the decades that are looked at in this book you will learn about the trends in public opinions, as well as the link between individuals and society, as well as why it all matters.

Putnam has provided thought-provoking facts on the issue that are backed up with data, charts, and graphs. He has providing an interesting look at how we as a society have become disconnected and are pulling away. His examples cover such areas as politics, civics, the workplace, and altruism. Along with laying out the facts, he explains why he believes this is happening, as well as why we should care, and what we can do about it.

Everyone running their own practice should want to have cohesion with their community. This book will help in that regard to demonstrate what’s been happening, as well as where we can go from here. The information provided is helpful in once again making a connection with the community and strengthening social structures.

Worked at Burleson Orthodontics. Attended University of Missouri–Kansas City. Lives in Kansas City, Missouri.