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The Resource The fractious nation? : unity and division in contemporary American life, edited by Jonathan Rieder ; Stephen Steinlight, associate editor

The fractious nation? : unity and division in contemporary American life, edited by Jonathan Rieder ; Stephen Steinlight, associate editor

Label
The fractious nation? : unity and division in contemporary American life
Title
The fractious nation?
Title remainder
unity and division in contemporary American life
Statement of responsibility
edited by Jonathan Rieder ; Stephen Steinlight, associate editor
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What are we to make of the speed with which the new climate of national solidarity emerged after September 11? Does it not look strange against a backdrop of the much-touted divisiveness of American life? In truth, The Fractious Nation? makes clear, the contrast of the time of divisiveness before and the time of unity that followed is much too stark, indeed. Less than a year before two planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the 2000 presidential election produced not just the starkly blue and red electoral map but also the two tribal Americas those totemic colors emblazoned. And from the cultural wars to immigration restriction, from the Christian right to political correctness, recent decades have witnessed much hand-wringing on the left and the right about the fragmentation of American life. The Fractious Nation? enlists the critical intelligence of fourteen distinguished contributors who illuminate the schisms in American life and the often volatile debates they have inspired in the realms of culture, ethnic and racial pluralism, and political life. The collective wisdom of The Fractious Nation? suggests a counterview to all the overheated rhetoric. The authors warn against fixating on flamboyant incidents of racial conflict when black-and-white values overlap considerably. On a range of cultural issues, the gap between our citizens has closed as well. And even as the rivalry between liberalism and conservatism transmutes into new forms, the political center remains vital and democratic. We are tied together not just by shared values but by institutions--the Constitution, the culture of consumption, the etiquette of ethnic respect. In private life and public affairs, our nation has expanded the meaning of democratic citizenship. Still, there's no room for self-congratulations here. Tendencies toward preoccupation with private life encourage indifference to the suffering of the less privileged. This is also one of the main failings of the narrative of fragmentation: In its focus on matters of shared values, it too distracts from issues of poverty and inequality that also fragment the human spirit
Cataloging source
DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.F69 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Rieder, Jonathan
  • Steinlight, Stephen
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National characteristics, American
  • Political culture
  • Citizenship
  • Social conflict
  • Pluralism (Social sciences)
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The fractious nation? : unity and division in contemporary American life, edited by Jonathan Rieder ; Stephen Steinlight, associate editor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • America's Jews: highly fragmented, insufficiently disputatious
  • Jack Wertheimer
  • Once again, strangers on our shores
  • Mary C. Waters
  • Expelling newcomers: the eclipse of constitutional community
  • Cecilia Muñoz
  • The United States in the world community: the limits of national sovereignty
  • Douglas S. Massey
  • "Who cares who killed Roger Ackroyd?": narrowing the enduring divisions of race
  • Jennifer Hochschild
  • Getting a fix on fragmentation: "breakdown" as estimation error, rhetorical strategy, and organizational accomplishment
  • The ambivalence of citizenship: African-American intellectuals in search of community
  • Kevin Gaines
  • Social provision and civic community: beyond fragmentation /
  • Theda Skocpol
  • Stable fragmentation in multicultural America
  • Paul Starr
  • The moral compassion of true conservatism
  • John J. DiIulio Jr.
  • Shaking off the past: third ways, fourth ways, and the urgency of politics
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.
  • Jonathan Rieder
  • Epilogue:
  • Into the unknown: unity and conflict after September 11, 2001
  • Jonathan Rieder
  • The fetish of difference
  • Richard Berstein
  • Fragments or ties? the defense of difference
  • Martha Minow
  • The myth of culture war: the disparity between private opinion and public politics
  • Paul DiMaggio
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 295 p.
Isbn
9780520236639
Lccn
2003001858
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The fractious nation? : unity and division in contemporary American life, edited by Jonathan Rieder ; Stephen Steinlight, associate editor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • America's Jews: highly fragmented, insufficiently disputatious
  • Jack Wertheimer
  • Once again, strangers on our shores
  • Mary C. Waters
  • Expelling newcomers: the eclipse of constitutional community
  • Cecilia Muñoz
  • The United States in the world community: the limits of national sovereignty
  • Douglas S. Massey
  • "Who cares who killed Roger Ackroyd?": narrowing the enduring divisions of race
  • Jennifer Hochschild
  • Getting a fix on fragmentation: "breakdown" as estimation error, rhetorical strategy, and organizational accomplishment
  • The ambivalence of citizenship: African-American intellectuals in search of community
  • Kevin Gaines
  • Social provision and civic community: beyond fragmentation /
  • Theda Skocpol
  • Stable fragmentation in multicultural America
  • Paul Starr
  • The moral compassion of true conservatism
  • John J. DiIulio Jr.
  • Shaking off the past: third ways, fourth ways, and the urgency of politics
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.
  • Jonathan Rieder
  • Epilogue:
  • Into the unknown: unity and conflict after September 11, 2001
  • Jonathan Rieder
  • The fetish of difference
  • Richard Berstein
  • Fragments or ties? the defense of difference
  • Martha Minow
  • The myth of culture war: the disparity between private opinion and public politics
  • Paul DiMaggio
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 295 p.
Isbn
9780520236639
Lccn
2003001858
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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