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Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital
Diverse Communities is a critique of Robert Putnam's social capital thesis, re-examined from the perspective of women and cultural minorities in America over the last century. Barbara Arneil argues that the idyllic communities of the past were less positive than Putnam envisions and that the current 'collapse' in participation is better understood as change rather than dec...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 31st 2006)
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I started reading this in bed thinking that it would aid me in nodding off. Far from it, I was awake until 2am reading and then for at least another hour thinking with the lights off as I tried to sleep. Now that I've finished it, I think that anyone who has read or is considering reading Putnam's Bowling Alone should pair it with this very respectfully challenging and insightful critique.