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Putnam says Americans have a visceral, or gut, sense that social ties are eroding—and that this is a problem for contemporary America. He asks, "Are we right? Does social capital have salutary effects on individuals, communities, or even entire nations?" He answers the question with a resounding Yes and describes social capital as working "magic" to produce socially desirable outcomes.
Putnam describes several ways in which social capital helps Americans and America:
In short, says Putnam, social capital isn't just about "warm fuzzy" civic outcomes; it has a significant positive impact on society as a whole and on individuals within that society. In the conclusion of this chapter Putnam sets the stage for the next section of the book, which will prove "in many disparate domains important to Americans today more social capital and civic engagement would improve things."
In this chapter, Putnam pulls together the ideas he has carefully presented and proved in the first portion of the book. He tells the reader, in essence, "So you see that social capital really is plummeting in America for reasons I have laid out, and this is a bad thing." He also lays the groundwork for a new section in which he will explain just why loss of social capital is a problem for America and for Americans.