David Struzek, Martin Dickel, Dave Randall, Claudia Müller
In 2000, Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone was published. It represented the culmination of a trend in community studies, which identified a decline in the solidarities that define "community" . Of interest is the fact that Putnam's argument is founded in part on an analysis of religious behavior. Putnam was clear that community was in decline and that the networks that define it would disappear. At much the same time, however, a wholly different trajectory was evident in studies of online communities, where different kinds of networks were seen to be growing . Such discussions matter, above all, at the…
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