Our Patchwork Nation

The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America
Chinni, Dante (Book - 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.
Authors: Chinni, Dante
Title: Our patchwork nation
the surprising truth about the "Real" America
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2010
Characteristics: xiii, 322 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Boom towns
Campus and careers
Emptying nests
Evangelical epicenters
Immigration nation
Industrial metropolis
Military bastions
Minority central
Monied burbs
Mormon outposts
Service worker centers
Tractor country economy
Additional Contributors: Gimpel, James
ISBN: 1592405738
Branch Call Number: JK1726 .C45 2010
Statement of Responsibility: Dante Chinni and James Gimpel
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Voting United States Communities United States Political culture United States
Topical Term: Voting
Political culture
LCCN: 2010015228
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Jul 21, 2012
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Nothing 'surprising', but it's good to see what we already know all organized and with cool graphs.


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