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The upswing : how America came together a century ago and how we can do it again

Author: Robert D Putnam; Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"An eminent political scientist's brilliant synthesis of social and political trends over the past century that shows how we have gone from an individualistic society to a more communitarian society and then back again -- and how we can use that experience to overcome once again the individualism that currently weakens our country"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Putnam; Shaylyn Romney Garrett
ISBN: 9781982129149 198212914X 9781982129156 1982129158
OCLC Number: 1142896590
Description: 465 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What's past is prologue --
Economics : the rise and fall of equality --
Politics : from tribalism to comity and back again --
Society : between isolation and solidarity --
Culture : individualism vs. community --
Race and the American "we" --
Gender and the American "we" --
The arc of the twentieth century --
Drift and mastery.
Responsibility: Robert D. Putnam ; with Shaylyn Romney Garrett.

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"An eminent political scientist's brilliant synthesis of social and political trends over the past century that shows how we have gone from an individualistic society to a more communitarian society and then back again -- and how we can use that experience to overcome once again the individualism that currently weakens our country"--

This is the worst of times... but we've been here before. During the Gilded Age of the late 1800s, America was highly individualistic, starkly unequal, fiercely polarized, and deeply fragmented, just as it is today. As the twentieth century opened, America became more egalitarian, more cooperative, more generous; a society on the upswing, more focused on our responsibilities to one another and less focused on our narrower self-interest. Sometime during the 1960s these trends reversed, leaving us in today's disarray. Putnam analyzes the confluence of trends that brought us from an "I" society to a "We" society and then back again. -- adapted from jacket

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