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The Upswing : How We Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again

The Upswing : How We Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again

Publisher : Swift Press
SKU: 9781800750371
R 276,25
A celebrated political scientist shows how we can remedy the current economic, social and political ills - by doing what we did a century ago and becoming once more a 'we' rather than 'I' society
October, 2021
'Putnam's book speaks for the many millions who don't think the way zealots do' Guardian The Upswing is Robert D. Putnam's brilliant analysis of economic, social, cultural and political trends from the Gilded Age to the present, showing how America went from an individualistic 'I' society to a more communitarian 'We' society and then back again, and how we can all learn from that experience. In the late nineteenth century, America was highly individualistic, starkly unequal, fiercely polarised and deeply fragmented, just as it is today. However, as the twentieth century dawned, America became - slowly, unevenly, but steadily - more egalitarian, more cooperative, more generous; a society 'on the upswing,' more focused on responsibilities to each other and less focused on narrow self-interest. Over the course of the 1960s, however, these trends reversed once again, leading to today's disarray. In a sweeping overview of more than a century of history, Putnam and Romney Garrett draw on inspiring lessons for our time from an earlier era, when a dedicated group of reformers righted the ship, creating once again a society based on community. Engaging, revelatory and timely, this is Putnam's most ambitious work yet, with a relevance right across the anglophone world. It is an unmissable contribution to the debate about where we want society to go.
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ISBN13 9781800750371
Publisher Swift Press
Contributor By (author) Robert D Putnam, By (author) Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Publication Date 2021-09-09
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 448
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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'Putnam's book speaks for the many millions who don't think the way zealots do' Guardian The Upswing is Robert D. Putnam's brilliant analysis of economic, social, cultural and political trends from the Gilded Age to the present, showing how America went from an individualistic 'I' society to a more communitarian 'We' society and then back again, and how we can all learn from that experience. In the late nineteenth century, America was highly individualistic, starkly unequal, fiercely polarised and deeply fragmented, just as it is today. However, as the twentieth century dawned, America became - slowly, unevenly, but steadily - more egalitarian, more cooperative, more generous; a society 'on the upswing,' more focused on responsibilities to each other and less focused on narrow self-interest. Over the course of the 1960s, however, these trends reversed once again, leading to today's disarray. In a sweeping overview of more than a century of history, Putnam and Romney Garrett draw on inspiring lessons for our time from an earlier era, when a dedicated group of reformers righted the ship, creating once again a society based on community. Engaging, revelatory and timely, this is Putnam's most ambitious work yet, with a relevance right across the anglophone world. It is an unmissable contribution to the debate about where we want society to go.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781800750371
Publisher Swift Press
Contributor By (author) Robert D Putnam, By (author) Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Publication Date 2021-09-09
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 448
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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