Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community | Study Guide

Robert Putnam

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Robert Putnam | Biography

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Childhood and Education

Born January 9, 1941, in Rochester, New York, Robert David Putnam grew up in Port Clinton, Ohio. He graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 1963, studied at Balliol in Oxford, England, with a Fulbright Scholarship, and received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1965 and 1970 respectively.

Career and Writings

In 1968 Putnam became a lecturer and then a professor of political science at the University of Michigan. In 1979 he became a professor of government at Harvard University and in 1989 he was appointed the Don K. Price Professor of Politics. Between 1989 and 1991 he served as the dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Putnam has written 15 books, all focused on topics in culture and public policy. In addition to Bowling Alone, his works include American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2011, and co-authored by David Campbell) and Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (2015). Putnam has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2006 Skytte Prize and the 2013 National Humanities Medal.

Bowling Alone followed on a 1995 article in the Journal of Democracy called "Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital." The article, which popularized the expression social capital, gained Putnam quite a bit of fame including a meeting with President Bill Clinton and an article in People magazine.

Since the publication of Bowling Alone, Putnam has continued to explore the topic of social capital and the idea that Americans have become less trusting of one another.

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