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Health and Happiness

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on 5 December 2013

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Transcript of Health and Happiness

Health and Happiness
Robert D. Putnam
SOAPSTone

Subject
The subject of this text is a collection of statistics and theories of why social capital effects people psychologically as well as physically.
Occasion
The occasion of this text is during the late 1990's in the United States. This is the time where social capital has already significantly decreased. We know that this is during the late 1990's and not in the 21st century due to the absence of social networking sites as a positive and/or negative factor of social capital.
Audience
We can assume that the audience of this text was meant to be for all people, whether they are rich or poor, happy or sad, married or single, child or adult. We can also assume that Putnam targeted people who live in states with low social capital.
Purpose
The purpose of this text was to educate the reader of how social connectedness effects their lives, as Putnam states in this text, "My present purpose is merely to illustrate that social connections have profound links with psychological well-being.
Speaker
The speaker of this text is Robert D. Putnam. A political scientist, professor of Public Policy, and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
Tone
The tone of this text seems to be mostly factual and plain. But, in deeper understanding, it is actually hopeful and excited. Putnam is trying to educate the reader and wants the reader to change his ways of social connectedness.
Robert D. Putnam
Robert David Putnam was born January 9, 1941. He is a political scientist and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. His most famous work,
Bowling Alone
, argues that the United States has undergone an unprecedented collapse in civic, social, associational, and political life (social capital) since the 1960s, with serious negative consequences.
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