Download PDF by Robert Wuthnow: Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future

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By Robert Wuthnow

ISBN-10: 0691157200

ISBN-13: 9780691157207

More than thirty million american citizens dwell in small, out-of-the-way areas. lots of them can have selected to affix the majority of americans who reside in towns and suburbs. they can stay in the direction of higher paying jobs, less difficult procuring, a much broader diversity of academic possibilities, and extra strong overall healthiness care. yet they've got opted to stay differently.

In Small-Town America, we meet manufacturing unit employees, store vendors, retirees, lecturers, clergy, and mayors—residents who convey neighborliness in small methods, yet who additionally fear approximately every little thing from university closings and their kid's futures to the ups and downs of the neighborhood economic climate. Drawing on greater than seven-hundred in-depth interviews in hundreds of thousands of cities throughout the United States and 3 a long time of census facts, Robert Wuthnow exhibits the fragility of neighborhood in small cities. He covers a number of issues, together with the symbols and rituals of small-town lifestyles, the jobs of formal and casual leaders, the social position of non secular congregations, the notion of ethical and monetary decline, and the myriad methods citizens in small cities make experience in their personal lives. Wuthnow additionally tackles tough concerns resembling category and race, abortion, homosexuality, and substance abuse.

Small-Town America paints a wealthy landscape of the lives and livelihoods of people that stay in small groups, discovering that, for lots of humans, residing in a small city is a crucial a part of self-identity.

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5 percent among families in the community, and he earned enough from selling his practice that he and his wife are living comfortably from the interest on their investments. Life has never been better for Dr. Schnell. As a boy, he lived in utter poverty, helping his dad—who worked as a coal miner—farm a few acres of cotton and peanuts with a team of mules. Most of his high school classmates followed their fathers into the coal mines, he recalls, but he decided early to lead a different life if he possibly could.

5 percent in the community. From year to year their cash flow varies, depending on rainfall and grain prices. But crop insurance and government subsidies even out those fluctuations, and over the decades land values have steadily risen. The Janssens’ lifestyle is an indication of their position in the upper stratum of the community. They are regulars at the Presbyterian Church, the most upscale congregation in town, and have enough money to travel. Like others of the town’s elite, the Janssens are expected to take leadership roles in the community and do so largely through their volunteer activities.

Grimshaw joined the army, gained the maturity and direction he figured he lacked, got married, and went to college in his hometown, majoring in business. He planned to relocate to a large city where jobs were said to be plentiful, but a family acquaintance asked him to apply for a managerial position at the local hospital. He did, and within a few years was the CEO of a rapidly expanding regional medical facility with three hundred employees. With skill and some luck, Mr. Grimshaw turned his investments into a sizable enough portfolio to step down from his CEO position before his fiftieth birthday.

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