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Two Social Science Response Essays
A summary and analysis of two articles including Robert Putnam's article, "Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital."
# 143154 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Sociology (General)

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The paper presents an analytical summary of Robert Putnam's article "Bowling Alone," followed by a personal response in which the article is evaluated in the light of its usefulness to the human services field today. The second article under analysis here, "Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate: The Experiences of African American College Students", is a description of a research study conducted by three sociologists specializing in race theory and racial issues. It too is analytically summarized and evaluated on the basis of its relevance to the social science and human services fields.

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"Robert D. Putnam is a professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. In 1995 was published a now well-known article of his entitled "Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital." This article set forth the thesis of social capital, which (according to Putnam) refers to those features of a social organization that facilitate cooperation for the mutual benefit of a society's participants (Putnam, 1995). Putnam also refers to such networks as a form of "organized reciprocity" that enable further modernization in the social and economic spheres, emphasizing the point that they are not atavisms or obsolete forms of organization at all."

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