I remember a college textbook used while I was in college in the early '60's that spoke of the tricycle path that led to social connections between the adults in newly forming suburbs. The paths that lead to social connections have always been interesting to me. As one who needs community, I have certainly seen many changes in how we form and participate in social groups or community. Even ten years ago, I never could have imagined that in my retirement years, I would become a part of a viable community that is created through the use of the internet.
I have not read the book, Bowling Alone, by Robert D. Putnam, but I am very interested in what he has to say about the value of social networks. His basic premise is: "social capital refers to the collective value of all social networks." He also speaks of "the inclinations that arise from the networks to do things for each other," He refers to this as "Norms of reciprocity."
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Village Seven Presbyterian Church
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