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Small-Town America Finding Community, Shaping the Future

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ISBN-10: 0691157200

ISBN-13: 9780691157207

Edition: 2013

Authors: Robert Wuthnow

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More than thirty million Americans live in small, out-of-the-way places. Many of them could have chosen to join the vast majority of Americans who live in cities and suburbs. They could live closer to better paying jobs, more convenient shopping, a wider range of educational opportunities, and more robust health care. But they have opted to live differently.InSmall-Town America, we meet factory workers, shop owners, retirees, teachers, clergy, and mayors--residents who show neighborliness in small ways, but who also worry about everything from school closings and their children's futures to the ups and downs of the local economy. Drawing on more than seven hundred in-depth interviews in hundreds of towns across America and three decades of census data, Robert Wuthnow shows the fragility of community in small towns. He covers a host of topics, including the symbols and rituals of small-town life, the roles of formal and informal leaders, the social role of religious congregations, the perception of moral and economic decline, and the myriad ways residents in small towns make sense of their own lives. Wuthnow also tackles difficult issues such as class and race, abortion, homosexuality, and substance abuse.Small-Town Americapaints a rich panorama of the lives and livelihoods of people who reside in small communities, finding that, for many people, living in a small town is an important part of self-identity.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 6/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 520
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Robert Wuthnow, a native of Kansas, teaches sociology and directs the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of many books about American religion and culture, including "Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s" and "Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future" (both Princeton).

List of Figures
List of Profiles
You Have to Deal with Everybody: The Inhabitants of Small Towns
Going to Be Buried Right Here: How Residents View Their Towns
Community Spirit: Small-Town Identities That Bind
The Frog Pond: Making Sense of Work and Money
Leadership: Earning Respect, Improving the Community
Habits of Faith: The Social Role of Small-Town Congregations
Contentious Issues: The Moral Sentiments of Community Life
Washington Is Broken: Politics and the New Populism
Keep Your Doors Open: Shaping the Future
Concluding Reflections: Community in Small Towns
Selected Bibliography