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The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life

  title={The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life},
  author={Robert D. Putnam},
Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains upon your account; and should I labour with you upon my own account, in expectation of a return, I know I should be disappointed, and that I should in vain depend upon your gratitude. Here then I leave you to labour alone; You treat me in the… 

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  • J. Wilkinson
  • Political Science, Sociology
    The Public Life of Friendship
  • 2019
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