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The left behind : decline and rage in rural America

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What is fueling rural America's outrage toward the federal government? Why did rural Americans vote overwhelmingly for Donald Trump? And, beyond economic and demographic decline, is there a more nuanced explanation for the growing rural-urban divide? Drawing on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Robert Wuthnow brings us into America's small towns, farms, and rural communities to paint a rich portrait of the moral order--the interactions, loyalties, obligations, and identities--underpinning this critical segment of the nation. Wuthnow demonstrates that to truly understand rural Americans' anger, their culture must be explored more fully. We hear from farmers who want government out of their business, factory workers who believe in working hard to support their families, town managers who find the federal government unresponsive to their communities' needs, and clergy who say the moral climate is being undermined. Wuthnow argues that rural America's fury stems less from specific economic concerns than from the perception that Washington is distant from and yet threatening to the social fabric of small towns. Rural dwellers are especially troubled by Washington's seeming lack of empathy for such small-town norms as personal responsibility, frugality, cooperation, and common sense. Wuthnow also shows that while these communities may not be as discriminatory as critics claim, racism and misogyny remain embedded in rural patterns of life. Moving beyond simplistic depictions of the residents of America's heartland, The Left Behind offers a clearer picture of how this important population will influence the nation's political future.

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Bedford Free Library 307 W (Text)
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31002150725850
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Mount Kisco Public Library 305.5 WUTHNOW (Text)
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31017151834279
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Ossining Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31021153135891
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Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library 305.56 W (Text)
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780691177663
  • ISBN: 069117766X
  • Physical Description: 192 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-182) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Communities -- Present dangers -- Makeshift solutions -- Washington's broken -- Moral decline -- Bigotry.
Summary, etc.:
What is fueling rural America's outrage toward the federal government? Why did rural Americans vote overwhelmingly for Donald Trump? And, beyond economic and demographic decline, is there a more nuanced explanation for the growing rural-urban divide? Drawing on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Robert Wuthnow brings us into America's small towns, farms, and rural communities to paint a rich portrait of the moral order--the interactions, loyalties, obligations, and identities--underpinning this critical segment of the nation. Wuthnow demonstrates that to truly understand rural Americans' anger, their culture must be explored more fully. We hear from farmers who want government out of their business, factory workers who believe in working hard to support their families, town managers who find the federal government unresponsive to their communities' needs, and clergy who say the moral climate is being undermined. Wuthnow argues that rural America's fury stems less from specific economic concerns than from the perception that Washington is distant from and yet threatening to the social fabric of small towns. Rural dwellers are especially troubled by Washington's seeming lack of empathy for such small-town norms as personal responsibility, frugality, cooperation, and common sense. Wuthnow also shows that while these communities may not be as discriminatory as critics claim, racism and misogyny remain embedded in rural patterns of life. Moving beyond simplistic depictions of the residents of America's heartland, The Left Behind offers a clearer picture of how this important population will influence the nation's political future.
Subject: United States > Rural conditions > 21st century.
Rural population > United States > Attitudes.
Sociology, Rural > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 21st century > Public opinion.
United States > Social conditions > 21st century > Public opinion.
Working class whites > United States > Attitudes.
Racism.
Rural-urban divide.
Sociology, Rural.
United States.


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