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Small-town America : finding community, shaping the future

Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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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: List of figures --
List of profiles --
Preface --
Introduction --
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 --
Afterword --
Methodology --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert Wuthnow.

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"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." -- Publisher's description.

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