Social Capital Response Paper – Week 6
Answer the following question using the book Bowling Alone by Robert Putman, please cite any material used to answer the questions:
Question #1: Putnam identified different effects of reduced levels of social capital that ranged from lower scores on standardized tests to higher crime rates. In your opinion, which of the effects identified by Putnam in 1998 remains valid in the United States in 2014?
Question #2: Putnam provides the readers of Bowling Alone (1998) with a thought-provoking discussion of the relationship between tolerance and social capital. Putnam assesses the tolerance of the Baby Boomers and Generation X, with the latter being “no more tolerant” than the former (page 357). However, he can’t include the Millennial Generation in his analysis because they would have been too young. In your opinion, which type of society (See Table 8 on page 355) would be the best fit for the Millennial Generation? Why?