Examine the section "Trends in Civic Engagement and Social Capital" in Bowling Alone. What will the author establish in this section?

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In Bowling Alone, Putnam analyzes the decline in American participation in different type of community and civic organizations. He writes that in the 1960s, Americans were invested in public life and even wanted their children to enter politics. However, since that time, as Putnam notes, participation in different types...

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In Bowling Alone, Putnam analyzes the decline in American participation in different type of community and civic organizations. He writes that in the 1960s, Americans were invested in public life and even wanted their children to enter politics. However, since that time, as Putnam notes, participation in different types of civic organizations has declined.

For example, he writes about the decline in voting and the decline in Americans' interest in and knowledge of political affairs. In addition, Americans are less likely to join civic or community groups such as the PTA, and professional organizations have taken over the roles that citizens used to play in the US. In this section, the author notes the fall in civic participation in all sorts of groups since the 1960s.

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