The Big Sort

The Big Sort

Why the Clustering of Like-minded America Is Tearing Us Apart

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
ISBN: 9780618689354
0618689354
Characteristics: viii, 370 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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AaronAardvark1940
Mar 01, 2019

An easy read, with anecdotal and statistical support. Correlation is not causation, so read this with at least a grain of salt. Bishop is not the first to claim assortative matching in areas other than human mating. While the net he casts covers many activities, his focus is largely on politics. Despite my doubts, I think his suggestion is closer to the truth than a previous comment blaming Sesame Street for the disappearance of the middle from American political life.

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StarGladiator
Aug 03, 2017

How wow, dudes! This dude Bishop, a reporter of some sort, has it all figured out!
Finally, dudes ! ! ! Like for sure, but it would have to be this answer, it couldn't possibly have to do with pathetic indoctrinated education, shows like Sesame Street, which evokes gullible brain wave configurations, and financed by Peter G. Peterson, private equity/leveraged buyout dude extraordinaire, responsible for offshoring endless jobs, destroying endless companies and livelihoods, and founding the Peterson Institute, dedicated to offshoring jobs, destruction of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, et cetera! And long-time producer of Sesame Street, Peterson's wife, of course!
Yup, I'm sure it has nothing to do with constant propagandizing by the Fake News Network of foundations, trusts and endless so-called // think tanks \\!
Thanks, Mr. Bishop, and what is your next Big Answer, sir?!?!?

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