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This anthology tackles 3 key concerns: how social capital is mentioned in the contexts of racial inequality, how this discussion informs public coverage concerning neighbourhood revitalization and fiscal improvement, and the way potent a technique usage of social capital is for bettering internal urban residing stipulations.

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R. Florida, “Cities and the Creative Class,” City & Community, 2 (2003), 8. 4. R. Putnam, Bowling Alone, 287. 5. , 99, 105, 111, and 128. 6. , 120–22. 7. D. McCullough, John Adams (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001), 376–77. ”2 That acknowledgment addresses some of the earliest, strongest, and most frequent criticisms of the work of Putnam and others who tout social capital as a cure for much of what ails the world. According to these criticisms, social capitalists, as Putnam calls himself, downplay crucial issues, such as the growing gap between rich and poor and the political assault on labor, civil rights, and other organizations that represent the exploited and oppressed.

Tocqueville asserted, in so many words, that American democracy might well end up chewing off its own leg. 7 We had to make ways to balance the interests of the few with the needs of the many so that men’s appetites might not too often extend to their neighbors. Precisely how we would end up managing the tension between liberty and equality by balancing our individualism with a healthy dose of working together was anyone’s guess. But that was the key question Americans set themselves up to address in the eighteenth century.

That would have shown how closely the technology rankings corresponded to the rankings of gays, immigrants, and bohemian types. But he didn’t do that and I don’t think it’s because he’s lazy. I suspect it was because the correlations between creativity, tolerance, or training and technological wizardry were modest at best. In other words, he made a big deal out of some pretty small differences among the places he studied. What we are left with, if we overlook the important tables where he lists the rankings of only the ten highest- and ten lowest-scoring OLD WHINES IN NEW BOTTLES 29 regions, a pretty slick move, is the sinking feeling that getting a higher or lower ranking probably doesn’t matter a whole lot.

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