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    Social Capital

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    opportunities to build bonds, help others out, and affect change for the better. When the social engagement is reciprocated, it can produce benefits for the multiple individuals engaged in the activity and so further the circumstance of the society. Robert D. Putnam, a political scientist and professor, contends in his essay titled “Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital” that there has been a decline in the social capital over the last several decades. He names that are different factors to explain

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    Civic Engagement: Voting, TV, and Efficacy

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    differences in gender factors. Though Robert Putnam’s suggestion of too much television does hold true, other factors can be predictors as well. Introduction America was founded on the idea of democracy. As Piven and Cloward put it, “Americans generally take for granted that ours is the very model of democracy” (2000). There seems to be an evident breakdown in American politics, the electorate is voting less than they did in previous generations (Putnam 2000). I question whether this is the

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    Our kids is a New York Times best selling novel by Robert D Putnam. It features in depth looks into the lives of Americans from varying social classes, and provides important data on the population of Americans and our disproportionate life opportunities. During his in debth looks into people’s lives, he shows us the way in which these broad social problems affect individual people, and really makes a moving argument that something is very wrong and something needs to be done about it. A couple

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    Summary Robert Putnam's basic thesis is that there is a decline in civic engagement in urban cities. He goes on to explore different probable factors that are causing the decline in civic engagement. First off, he dichotomizes civic engagement into two categories: machers and schmoozers. Machers and schmoozers are people who engage in formal kinds of civic engagement (following politics) and informal kinds of civic engagement (hanging out with friends) respectively. Civic engagement, overall

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    Building Community on the Net

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    force. But the onslaught of television and other electronic technologies is usually cited as the main culprit. As Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam observes, these technologies are increasingly "privatizing our leisure time" and "undermining our connections with one another and with our communities."[1] In his essay "The Strange Disappearance of Civic America," Putnam draws a direct parallel between the arrival of television and the decline of what he calls "social capital" -- the social networks

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    Ted Bundy Ted Bundy used to be the assistant director of the Seattle Crime prevention advisory committee and had wrote a pamphlet consisting of instructions to help prevent the rape of women. Bundy was considered to be the prime example of a good citizen. Even though being an example of the good citizen that he is believed to be, his sadistic habits that lurk deep in his mind caused his death by electric chair in 1989 on January. Before Bundy's public executions, he requested the presence of psychologist

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    well-written article, “Turning in, Tunring out”, Robert D. Putnam addresses the meaning of Social Capital, how it has demolished throughtout the years and his theories about how to reconstruct Social Captial throughout the years. He uses examples, such as, Eduation, Money and Mobility, all through time to support his theory. In the article, the author, Robert D. Putnam, examplins Social Capital and how it is limited in America today. In almost identable words of putnam, Social Capital includes, characteristics

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    American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell, and America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity, by Robert Wuthnow, give different thoughts to religion and politics in the United States. Putnam and Campbell utilize the concepts of shocks and aftershocks to highlight religious changes in the United States. On the other hand, Wuthnow uses observations to focus on the encounters of religious diversity in the United States. Wuthnow compares American

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    Factors Which Influence Youth Voter Turnout

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    disengaged. This idea causes many to presume that political campaigns have no influence over youth voter turnout. In 2000, Robert Putnam blamed young people for the decline in voting, political interests, and campaign activities. He argued that, “youth are uninterested, irresponsible, and unwilling to fulfill their civic responsibilities (Putnam, 2000). Kevin Mattson (2003), unlike Putnam, does not place blame solely on America’s youth for the decline in political practices. However, he does criticize the

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    Civic Culture Essay

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    Civic Culture Civic Culture is regarded by many political scientists as the most important factor for a nation to possess to maintain healthy a democracy. However, while scholars like Robert D. Putnam agree with this assertion, Civic culture is not enough to sustain a healthy democracy in a country, it must be paired with the ‘right’ of the four aspects of civic culture (unbiased media, cross cutting cleavages with memberships, etc.) as well as paired with a dependable economy, I will show this through

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