The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture In Transition / Edition 1

The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture In Transition / Edition 1

by John White, John Kenneth White
     
 

ISBN-10: 188911975X

ISBN-13: 9781889119755

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

In choosing candidates for political office, values (both those held by voters and those of prospective officeholders) have overtaken economics to become key determinants in the voting choice. Since the 1960s the American public has wrestled with changes in public and private values. Typical family life no longer involves a husband, a wife, and the prototypical two…  See more details below

Overview

In choosing candidates for political office, values (both those held by voters and those of prospective officeholders) have overtaken economics to become key determinants in the voting choice. Since the 1960s the American public has wrestled with changes in public and private values. Typical family life no longer involves a husband, a wife, and the prototypical two children. The idealized Cleaver, Nelson, and Huxtable families once portrayed on television now mirror a minority of the American electorate.

"The Values Divide", John White's fascinating new book, explores the increasingly dominant role values play in today's public and private life, concluding that a serious rift in political and cultural values actually produced the astounding tie between George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election.

White argues that while politically important, the present values "divide" goes much deeper than cultural conflicts between Republicans and Democrats. Today, citizens are reexamining their own intimate values including how they work, live, and interact with each other in a country whose population is rapidly changing. Collectively, the answers to these value questions have remade both American politics and the popular culture. Reflecting upon these divergent personal choices, White concludes that one further question remains: "What does it mean to be an American?"

Features:
Compiles extensive current public opinion polling data from The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut at key moments in recent American history including during the Columbine tragedy, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, Clinton's impeachment, and the Election of 2000 to present a snapshot of American values as we enter the 21st century.

Provides a compelling explanation for the outcome of Election 2000 and the prospects for the Republican and Democratic political agenda over the long-term.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781889119755
Publisher:
Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Values Divide1
1Four Stories for Our Time21
2Whose Country?41
3Republicans and the Politics of Virtue79
4Democrats and the Lingering Legacy of Bill Clinton117
5Campaign 2000: One Nation, Divisible143
6The Father-Knows-Best President and the Return of Four-Party Politics171
7We're All Americans Now194
Notes221
Index265

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