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Small-town America : finding community, shaping the future

Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. In "Small-Town America," we meet factory workers, shop  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wuthnow
ISBN: 9780691157207 0691157200
OCLC Number: 818985212
Awards: Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013.
Description: xvii, 498 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: 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. In "Small-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 America" paints 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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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013 "Small-Town America is full of surprising findings... [A]cutely aware of the fragility of small towns, Wuthnow believes they have a viable Read more...

 
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