Big Sort Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American Is Tearing Us Apart

ISBN-10: 0547237723
ISBN-13: 9780547237725
Edition: 2009
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort." Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities -- not by region or by state, but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live a few miles away. How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work. In The Big Sort Bishop has taken his analysis to a new level. He begins with stories about how we live today and then draws on history, economics and our changing political landscape to create one of the most compelling big-picture accounts of America in recent memory.

Rick Bass is the author of sixteen acclaimed books of fiction & nonfiction, including "Where the Sea Used to Be" & "The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness".

Introduction
The Power of Place
The Age of Political Segregation
The Politics of Migration
The Psychology of the Tribe
The Silent Revolution
Culture Shift: The 1965 Unraveling
The Beginning of Division: Beauty and Salvation in 1974
The Economics of the Big Sort: Culture and Growth in the 1990s
The Way We Live Today
Religion: The Missionary and the Megachurch
Advertising: Grace Slick, Tricia Nixon, and You
Lifestyle: "Books, Beer, Bikes, and Birkenstocks"
The Politics of People Like Us
Choosing a Side
The Big Sort Campaign
To Marry Your Enemies
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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