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The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart

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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.

About the Author

BILL BISHOP was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman when he began research on city growth and political polarization with the sociologist and statistician Robert Cushing. Bishop has worked as a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and, with his wife, owned and operated the Bastrop County Times, a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas. He lives in Austin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547237725
Author:
Bishop, Bill
Publisher:
Mariner Books
With:
Cushing, Robert G.
Author:
Bass, Rick
Author:
Bishop, Bill, Jr.
Author:
Cushing, Robert G.
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Social conflict -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.77 lb

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