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Charles Dobson, who authored the terrific Citizen's Handbook has an updated guide called The Troublemaker's Teaparty.

Stephen Post and Jill Neimark, Why Good Things Happen to Good People (2007) which explains in a very accessible book the health benefits to those volunteering or doing good deeds to others.]

David Wilson, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives (2007) which provides a terrific 'big picture' of evolution in layman's terms, useful for understanding the connection between evolution and social phenomena as broad as trust, morality, cheating, smiling and social capital.]

Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (2007) chronicles the role of the Christian church in suppressing public festivals and rituals that had dated back to cavemen days. The church feared that such carnivals (dancing, feasting, costuming, etc.) connected common man to God and undermined their authority. Europeans paid a heavy price with the suppression of these celebrations, starting in the 16th century: decreased joy, less healing, more social disconnection.]

Rosalind Edwards, Jane Franklin and Janet Holland (eds.), Assessing Social Capital: Concept, Policy and Practice (Taylor and Francis, 2006). Edited volume has pieces by renowned researchers on issues like social capital theory, policy development, and how to use social capital in research/practice.

Eric M. Uslaner, The Bulging Pocket and the Rule of Law: Corruption, Inequality, and Trust (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007). Some draft chapters of MS here.

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Partners for Public Spaces, "The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking" (releases Spring 2007). [Compendium of inspiring examples of how people have and are improving their neighborhoods, highlighting two dozen case study examplars.]

Allison Fine, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age (2006) about how technology (social media) can be used to mobilize young Americans to bring about change. Read interview with author here.

The Search for Empowerment: Social Capital As Idea And Practice at the World Bank, (2006) (ed. Michael Woolcock et. al.) explores the change process within the World Bank around the introduction of social capital into its development paradigm.

The Great Books Foundation offers a new volume, The Civicly Engaged Reader, with collected essays from authors like Franz Kafka, Toni Morrison and Jane Addams. Bertolt Brecht, and Abraham Lincoln.

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Daniel Goleman's Social Intelligence, using recent neuroscience research, describes social intelligence as awareness of other people and sensitivity toward them. His discussion of how such social skills get passed from parents to children is extremely interesting. His book also distinguishes between a "low road" (more innately learned emotional response) and a "high road" that can repattern and rework emotions. (2006)

Jody Gittell, The Southwest Airlines Way (2005) which describes how Southwest Airlines achieved success in the airline industry through relational competence (basically social capital: e.g., improving the trust and communication among and between functional groups that needed to coordinate to quickly turn around aircraft on the ground).

Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space, John Bowen (Princeton Univ. Press, 2006) which discusses the French concept of laicite (loosely translated as secularism)

in Activism, Inc. Dana Fisher explains the cost of the political left's outsourcing their canvassing to college students on commission. (2006)

Arthur Brooks' Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism. (Basic Books, 2006) that asserts that religious conservatives are more generous than liberals.

In New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Arlene Goldbard discusses how community-driven art can transform American society. (2006)

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Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallstein, One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century; (2006) describes the GOP's massive data-gathering effort that enables them to micro-target voters and mobilize most likely voters based on issues of greatest interest to them.

“Ron Fournier, Douglas B. Sosnik and Matthew J. Dowd. Applebee's America (Simon & Schuster, 2006) discusses new techniques for connecting to other Americans (using Internet, religion, etc.).

Alistair Cooke's posthumously published book in 2006, The American Home Front, 1941-1942, is a remarkable book at conveying the social capital built by the Greatest Generation during the Second World War.

Schneider, Jo Anne. Social Capital and Welfare Reform: Organizations, Congregations, and Communities (2006) through rich ethnographic studies Schneider shows that the social relationships and patterns of trust that enable people to gain access to resources like government services, organization funding, and jobs are crucial in helping families achieve their goals.

Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Vision), Richardson Dilworth (Ed.) (2006) discusses social capital in The City of Brotherly Love across both social contexts and time periods, with contributions discussing voter behavior, education, neighborhood life, church participation, park advocacy, and political activism.

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Together Alone: Personal Relationships in Public Places, Ed. Calvin Morrill, David A. Snow, and Cindy H. White (Univ. California Press, 2005) describes how Americans crave fleeting relationships in public places.

Cook, Karen S., Russell Hardin and Margaret Levi, Cooperation Without Trust?, (NY, Sage Pub., 2005). On how economic actors can still beneficially cooperate even in the absence of trust.

Dave Campbell, Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life (Princeton University Press, 2005)
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