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The big sort: why the clustering of like-minded America is tearing us apart

By: Bishop, Bill.
Contributor(s): Cushing, Robert G.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston Mariner Books 2009Edition: Robert G. Cushing.Description: viii, 374 p.ISBN: 9780547237725.Subject(s): Minorities United States | Political culture - United States | Group identity - Political aspects | Segregation - Political aspects | Regionalism - Political aspects | Polarization (Social sciences) - United StatesDDC classification: 305.800973 Summary: America may be more diverse than ever coast to coast, but the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with people who live, think, and vote as we do. We've built a country where we can all choose the neighborhood--and church and news show--most compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. And we are living with the consequences of this way-of-life segregation. Our country has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that people don't know and can't understand those who live just a few miles away. The reason for this situation, and the dire implications for our country, is the subject of this groundbreaking work.--From publisher description.
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Table of Content

Introduction

Part 1: Power of Place
• Age of political segregation
• Politics of migration
• Psychology of the tribe

Part 2: Silent Revolution
• Culture shift: the 1965 unraveling
• Beginning of division: beauty and salvation in 1974
• Economics of the big sort: culture and growth in the 1990s

Part 3: Way We Live Today
• Religion: the missionary and the megachurch
• Advertising: Grace Slick, Tricia Nixon, and you
• Lifestyle: "books, beer, bikes, and Birkenstocks"

Part 4: Politics of People like Us
• Choosing a side
• Big sort campaign
• To marry your enemies Afterword

Acknowledgments

Notes

Selected bibliography

Index

America may be more diverse than ever coast to coast, but the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with people who live, think, and vote as we do. We've built a country where we can all choose the neighborhood--and church and news show--most compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. And we are living with the consequences of this way-of-life segregation. Our country has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that people don't know and can't understand those who live just a few miles away. The reason for this situation, and the dire implications for our country, is the subject of this groundbreaking work.--From publisher description.

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