The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America
On Sale: September 30, 2010
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A revolutionary new way to understand America's complex
cultural and political landscape, with proof that local
communities have a major impact on the nation's behavior-in
the voting booth and beyond.
In a climate of culture wars and tremendous economic
uncertainty, the media have often reduced America to a
simplistic schism between red states and blue states. In
response to that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni
teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel to launch
the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting
and statistical analysis to get past generalizations and
probe American communities in depth. The result is Our
Patchwork Nation, a refreshing, sometimes startling, look at
how America's diversities often defy conventional wisdom.
Looking at the data, they recognized that the country breaks
into twelve distinct types of communities, and old
categories like "soccer mom" and "working class" don't
matter as much as we think. Instead, by examining Boom
Towns, Evangelical Epicenters, Military Bastions, Service
Worker Centers, Campus and Careers, Immigration Nation,
Minority Central, Tractor Community, Mormon Outposts,
Emptying Nests, Industrial Metropolises, and Monied Burbs,
the authors demonstrate the subtle distinctions in how
Americans vote, invest, shop, and otherwise behave, reflect
what they experience on their local streets and in their
daily lives. Our Patchwork Nation is a brilliant new way to
debate and examine the issues that matter most to our
communities, and to our nation.
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