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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D Putnam
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

katesisco, November 4, 2007

I was struck by the similarity between this concern and the distention in the ghettos we discussed in sociology oh so many years ago. Remember when we 'discovered' that the tragedy of the commons was no tragedy; that the level of involvement was tribal--each knowing the other for best management of commonly owned lands.

It seems to be another attempt to state how disassociated we are from genuine relationships instead of the lip service we see; my recent read by an anthology professor titled My Freshman Year, made me aware of how deeply our society is dysfunctional when the author spoke to her foreign students about their friendships with American students. Almost to a whole, they found the 'friendships' superficial and insufficient, not at all like the ones they had in their home lands.

Is our media, i.e. tv to blame, yes, but also our spread of communities, he shares the blame and then suprisingly gives 35% to generational causes.

If you have a tribal society, you have trust because each sees/talks with each other daily. If you didn't and had a hermit in your town, this person was suspect. All of us are suspect as we don't know one another. Our governmental processes stand empty, as time after time we have discovered the results to be empty of the promise of fairness.

The question is how to restore fairness and trust; again we come back to tribal; small groups agreeing among themselves.

What ever happened to the concept of 'new towns', with grocery, drug, medical in the buildings of walkable streets and open porches? That is the closest we will be able to come to 'tribal.'
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