Bowling alone but serving together: The congregational norm of community involvement

Ram A. Cnaan, Stephanie C. Boddie, Gaynor I. Yancey

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In contrast to European countries, people in the U.S. typically do not trust their government nor do they expect it to assist them in performing tasks that serve the needs of diverse groups (Inglehart et al. 1990). Government is typically expected to intervene only in those matters that affect a majority of citizens, and, as a result, Americans are often left with the choice of either attempting to influence governmental authorities to act or producing the desired goods themselves. Because they frequently need to produce these desired goods themselves, the most common way Americans influence their environment and become more empowered is through joining and forming voluntary, largely nonprofit associations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion as Social Capital
Subtitle of host publicationProducing the Common Good
Publisher Baylor University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)0918954851, 9780918954855
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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