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Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America Paperback – October 4, 2011
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In reading this book, you get a clear picture of where American society is at the moment. The authors explain what defines the differences and conflicts we face.
Where their analysis is lacking relates to at least two factors.
First, their chapter on culture doesn't go very deep. The cultures of these comunities have formed over centuries. They have their origins in the cultures of the British isles and the European continent. The differences are vast between the Scots-Irish culture of the American South and the Northern European culture of the American North. If you want a fuller understanding, I'd recommend supplementing your reading with two other excellent books:
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History)
By David Hackett Fischer
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
By Colin Woodard
In this respect, there is another interesting book to consider that helps understand the differences between the North and South:
Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual History of the American Civil War (Southern Literary Studies)
By Ritchie Devon Watson Jr.Read more ›
But don't confuse Our Patchwork Nation with a dull treatise or dry bit of academic analysis - Chinni is a fantastic writer with a gift for narrative. The 12 community types developed by the project are introduced with the kind of illustrative, long-form journalism we don't see enough of anymore. More than that, there are no heroes or villains offered in the book, no easy answers or clean solutions. Our Patchwork Nation isn't out to tell us what to think...it just asks that we do.
It's found a welcome place on my bookshelf.
The book is both timely and contextual. It gives us a picture of the cultures of the USA in what the authors describe as " The Great Recession," in the lead up to the presidential elections later this year. If we understand culture as the survival and success discourse which people in a particular group create, share, and perpetuate, this is a book about culture despite its heavy emphasis on economics and politics. The down side is that its data will quickly become dated; on the other hand, the assemblage of such data can provide a launching pad and a comparative baseline for future research and observation.
Every model requires some reductionism, simplification to a certain degree, of the complexity with which reality confronts us. A model is a way of looking at and understanding things that inevitably walks the tightrope between fragmentation and oversimplification. The menu is not the meal, but by reading it and glancing about to see what the diners at other tables are being served, and consulting our own tastes, we are able to make a somewhat informed choice about what to order.Read more ›
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This unflattering review is about the "AUDIBLE" audio-book version of Our Patchwork Nation. The underlying book itself would probably be a 4-star (maybe 5). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Non-Fiction Focused Reader
Decent premise and well researched. Thought the anecdotal evidence was thin at times. Think they could've gotten by with less categories, but like the idea is the county as the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andrew Nelson Gregory
A wonderful look at how our country is laid out, NOT by the "numbers", but by the socio-geographic areas where we live. It was very readable, and gives food for thought.Published on June 30, 2014 by Gloria F. Green
if you've ever traveled around the United States and wondered, "How did this area become so different from the one I live in?" This book explains. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Sandra L Bailey
Changes the reader's simple thinking about red states and blue states (and assumptions therein) for good. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Jill Darley-Vanis
I read this book with interest though there were places in the book where it seemed to be a bit un-objective.
but it was a nice way to start looking at society in the US. Read more