April 1, 2012
Scholarly Groups' Choices Yield Diverging Fortunes
Mark Abramson for The Chronicle
Will disciplinary societies become the bowling leagues of academe?
Declining participation in those leagues symbolized the larger generational decline of social participation in Bowling Alone, the 2000 best seller by Robert D. Putnam, a Harvard political scientist. Similarly, scholarly groups have long served as hubs of academic life and the embodiments of their disciplines, but they face uncertain and divergent futures.
Some disciplinary associations are struggling