Social Capital: Critical Perspectives on Community and

Social Capital: Critical Perspectives on Community and "Bowling Alone"

by Scott L. McLean
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814798136

ISBN-13: 9780814798133

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: New York University Press

"Social Capital is an important crtique that should stimulate further analysis and dicussion of what constitutes community."
New Political Science

"The reader emerges with a good sense of the gaps in Putnam's work- or more appropriately in the context of this book, the way in which the 'feelgood' factor of Putnam's work deserves critical

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"Social Capital is an important crtique that should stimulate further analysis and dicussion of what constitutes community."
New Political Science

"The reader emerges with a good sense of the gaps in Putnam's work- or more appropriately in the context of this book, the way in which the 'feelgood' factor of Putnam's work deserves critical analysis."
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

This collection tackles the theme of isolation and the breakdown of mediating social institutions. It is, in part, a response to Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone as well as an attempt to create a broader idea of civil society. These original essays contribute to the examination of democratic theory and practice, exploring one of the most popular causes of this decline in public trust—social capital.

These critical essays are written by specialists and scholars in American politics and American political thought. They utilize diverse methodologies—empirical and philosophical—and multiple perspectives to examine critically the social capital discourse and how it is related to political participation, civic engagement, and American democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798133
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction1
ITocquevillean Traditions and the Study of Civil Society
1The Strange Disappearance of Alexis de Tocqueville in Putnam's Analysis of Social Capital21
2Equality, Democracy, and Community from Tocqueville to Putnam50
3The Phenomenology of Democracy: Putnam, Pluralism, and Voluntary Associations74
4Post-Liberal Civil Society and the Worlds of Neo-Tocquevillean Social Theory99
IIHistorical Perspectives on Social Capital
5Liberty, Equality, and ... Social Capital?127
6Patriotism, Generational Change, and the Politics of Sacrifice147
7Social Capital: The Politics of Race and Gender167
8Social Capital as Political Fantasy183
IIISocial Engagement in Practice: Local, National, and Global Contexts
9Social Capital, Civic Engagement, and the Importance of Context203
10Building Social Capital on the Street: Leadership in Communities218
11Social Rights or Social Capital? The Labor Movement and the Language of Capital238
12Robert Putnam, Social Capital, and a Suspect Named Globalization260
Afterword281
About the Contributors289
Index293

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