Religion as Social Capital

Religion as Social Capital

Producing the Common Good

Edited by Corwin E. Smidt

273 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780918954855
  • Published: January 2003

$34.95

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While Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone (2000) highlighted the notion of volunteerism, little attention has been paid to religion's role in generating social capital—an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in America today. Featuring essays by prominent social scientists, this is the first book-length, systematic examination of the relationship between religion and social capital and what effects religious social capital has on democratic life in the United States.