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What are we to make of the rate with which the hot weather of nationwide team spirit emerged after September eleven? Does it no longer glance unusual opposed to a backdrop of the much-touted divisiveness of yank lifestyles? truthfully, The Fractious state? makes transparent, the distinction of the time of divisiveness earlier than and the time of solidarity that is far too stark, indeed.

Less than a yr ahead of planes slammed into the realm alternate heart, the 2000 presidential election produced not only the starkly blue and pink electoral map but additionally the 2 tribal Americas these totemic colours emblazoned. And from the cultural wars to immigration restrict, from the Christian correct to political correctness, fresh many years have witnessed a lot hand-wringing at the left and the correct in regards to the fragmentation of yank lifestyles. The Fractious state? enlists the severe intelligence of fourteen exclusive members who remove darkness from the schisms in American lifestyles and the usually unstable debates they've got encouraged within the nation-states of tradition, ethnic and racial pluralism, and political life.

The collective knowledge of The Fractious kingdom? suggests a counterview to the entire overheated rhetoric. The authors warn opposed to fixating on flamboyant incidents of racial clash while black-and-white values overlap significantly. On a number cultural matters, the distance among our voters has closed to boot. or even because the competition among liberalism and conservatism transmutes into new kinds, the political middle is still important and democratic. we're tied jointly not only by means of shared values yet through institutions—the structure, the tradition of intake, the etiquette of ethnic respect.

In inner most existence and public affairs, our kingdom has extended the that means of democratic citizenship. nonetheless, there is no room for self-congratulations right here. traits towards preoccupation with inner most existence inspire indifference to the pain of the fewer privileged. this is often additionally one of many major failings of the narrative of fragmentation: In its concentrate on issues of shared values, it too distracts from problems with poverty and inequality that still fragment the human spirit.

Contributors: Richard Bernstein, John J. DiIulio Jr., Paul DiMaggio, E.J. Dionne, Jr., Kevin Gaines, Jennifer Hochschild, Douglas S. Massey, Martha Minow, Cecilia Muñoz, Jonathan Rieder, Theda Skocpol, Paul Starr, Mary C. Waters, Jack Wertheimer

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