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The Fractious Nation?: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life

Jonathan Rieder

Abstract

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. This book illuminates the schisms in American life and the often volatile debates they have inspired in the realms of culture, ethnic and racial plura ... More

Keywords: American life, liberalism, conservatism, citizenship, poverty, inequality, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520220430
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520220430.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Rieder, editor