Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni
The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America

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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.
 

About Dante Chinni

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DANTE CHINNI, since the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, has been the correspondent for the Patchwork Nation project, a collaboration among The Christian Science Monitor, PBS NewsHour, and PBS member stations that is funded by the Knight Foundation. He has covered politics and the media for more than a decade and his work has appeared in Newsweek, The New Republic, The Washington Post Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.JAMES GIMPEL, Ph.D., is a professor of government at the University of Maryland, College Park.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Gotham. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Political journalist Chinni and political geographer Gimpel (Government/Univ.

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Christian Science Monitor

When I was 21 and in Peru I met a Swiss man who went on at length about the virtues of his country’s direct democracy form of government.

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As Chinni puts it, “The United States is, measurably, a nation of optimists,” adding, “There are worse things to have as a foundation.” For a new, and nuanced, look at how we’re living today, Our Patchwork Nation is vital reading.

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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 ...

Nov 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Our Patchwork Nation: The Sur...

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