The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart

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In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort." Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities—not by region or by state, but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically ...

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Overview

In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort." Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities—not by region or by state, but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live a few miles away. How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work.

In The Big Sort, Bishop has taken his analysis to a new level. He begins with stories about how we live today and then draws on history, economics and our changing political landscape to create one of the most compelling big-picture accounts of America in recent memory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547237725
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/11/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 206,986
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL BISHOP was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman when he began research on city growth and political polarization with the sociologist and statistician Robert Cushing. Bishop has worked as a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and, with his wife, owned and operated the Bastrop County Times, a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas. He lives in Austin.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    A Must Read

    If you want to understand the growing partisanship in America, The Big Sort is a must read.

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    Posted October 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

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    this should be required reading for all high school students and their parents...it should also be sent to all those in the planning and urban design fields, who think that what they do is isolated from the political sphere...

    should be read along with "The Second Civil War" as a manadtory requirement for all those in politics, religion and the media...maybe they will understand what harm they have done to this country and this democracy...

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