In a series of books and articles, Robert Putnam outlined his famous "bowling alone" theses of declining civic participation, which he attributed in considerable part to television and other alternative leisure time pursuits. Putnam also acknowledged the possibility of other possible factors. This presentation identifies two such possibilities that coincide with the decline Putnam noted, - national security and suburbanization - as well as more recent and more ambiguous, technology-related factors contributing to declines in civic participation.
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Lohmann, Roger A., "National Security, Suburbanization, Technology, And the Prospect of Renewing Civic Participation" (2004). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 1713.
Presented at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. October 21, 2004.