Udied resulted in a wide variety of perspectives with very ittle commonality of thought across similar communities et along across the country as a whole However he did see a common baseline that of the moral community where relationships built on common moral understanding seemed to outweigh other factors in decisions effecting the community He pointed out that some of the same demographic conditions exist in rural communities as in urban communities just with a wider geographic spread But with the moral centric attitude used by rural communities to deal with these conditions differing greatly from the methods used in urban areas The author also points out that the Tempting Eden last decade has seen massive changes in rural areas many of which were caused by the inhabitants themselves both knowingly and unknowingly It is the confrontation of these changes with the foundations of the moral community concept which both creates many of the dynamics we see today and provides the single most unifying trait across America s ruralandscape Do not Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, look for easy or clear answers from this book it really is about presenting bundled research results rather than the drawing of specific conclusions But it does help provide greater insight into how the rural urban divide which has always been a factor in America has evolved over theast three decades A great book for those wanting to know about the challenges facing rural communities and how they are being overcome rural white people are upset that society is changing and it s hard to find a good job Talking to Dragons locally thanks to automation and outsourcing They sometimes vote for people who appear to get their frustrations rather than people who propose ostensibly helpful gov t programs to alleviate their economic problemsif the above comes as news to you get this book by a Princeton sociologist and dig in Nice mix of highevel survey stuff and on the ground anecdotes
generally describes people and social phenomena neutrally but without trying to hide his own biasesperspectives as a iberal from the Northeastbutif describes people and social phenomena neutrally but without trying to hide his own biasesperspectives as a iberal from the Northeastbutif me you read the Wx Post and have heard this same riff approximately two thousand times since the 2016 presidential election then don t go get this book Instead conduct a detailed case study of why I continue to have my attention drawn by books in this vein when my public The Drowning Man library puts them on the new nonfiction shelf Mustearn to just say no thanks I already read something similar off to memorize that as my new mantra Finished reading The Left Behind Decline and Rage in Rural America by Robert Wuthnow And now I m angrier and convinced than ever that rural America is filled with idiots Just plain idiots mourning for a way of The Bride of Willow Creek life they can t even define a childhood that died 50 years ago and they re pining for as the st Thoughtful and thorough analysisThe 2016 election brought to the forefront aong simmering anger in rural America Unfortunately most of the analysis of that underlying rage has been overly simplistic
and dismissive This is an exception to that trend This is dismissive This is an exception to that trend This is of the few pieces I ve read that doesn t summarily dismiss the point of view of rural America as bigoted and uneducated I highly recommend this book especially for those GREAT INVESTMENT, THE liberalsike myself who have struggled to understand the rationale that ead so many of our fellow citizens to vote for a demagogue By the end of the book while I vehemently disagree with the end results I can honestly say that I better comprehend the fundamental issues at play If there is to be a way forward collectively beyond the ultra partisan divide surely it must begin with a better understanding of the core issues that are dividing us This book is a useful tool towards a better understanding A solid even handed report on a years ong project in which Americans The Lively Art of Writing living in rural communities were interviewed about their views of politics race morality immigration government and a host of other topics Wuthnow seems to have been very discreet about his own opinions I had the feeling that the respondents felt safe about expressing their thoughts Doubtless certain things were held back or toned down but a picture nevertheless appears of what factors are most important in shaping the world view of this diminishing and overwhelmingly white and aging cohort The Left Behind is not Hillbilly Elegy or Strangers in Their Own Land or White Rage or any of the other worthy entries into trying to understand what America is in these strange times Nor does it try to be of their ilk Rather it is a uiet sober and res. Ural America's fury stemsess from economic concerns than from the perception that Washington is distant from and yet threatening to the social fabric of small towns Moving beyond simplistic depictions of America's heartland The Left Behind offers a clearer picture of how this important population will influence the nation's political futur.
summary The Left BehindWith the same amount of respect we would be halfway to solving all of the world s problems Wuthnow s writes that rural
AMERICAN LIVE IN COMMUNITIES AND TO UNDERSTAND RURAL AMERICANSlive in communities and to understand rural Americans have to understand their connection to the community He then offers many examples of this sense of community and the various obligations members of the community have He goes on to show that rural Americans feel their community is being threatened by various forces economic cultural and political Some of these threats are concrete factory closing others are harder to articulate moral decline Finally when your community is threatened you act
This comes out in practical solutions but also in scape goating Washingtoncomes out in practical solutions but also in scape goating Washington Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow is an expert on the sociology of religion the study of communities and rural sociology In The Left Behind he is trying to find the sources that prompt the anger that is brewing in rural America and why rural communities have overwhelmingly voted for Trump What makes his approach so appealing is that Wuthnow who was himself born in a small community is always empathic but never apologetic His research defies the stereotypical notion that small town people are simpletons but he is also very critical of the strategies rural communities are currently employing to protect their ifestyleWuthnow and his research team conducted over a thousand in depth ualitative interviews in rural areas One of their main findings was that rural people are particularly community oriented and that they are trying to preserve their communities that have come under pressure due to factors ike job oss a shrinking population and the brain drain It is highly interesting to earn what these rural communities attribute their decline to what conclusions people are drawing and how they ultimately rationalise voting against their own interest Wuthnow tackles reactionary tendencies regarding topics ike race and homosexuality he talks about factors ike religion anti government impulses the highly valued common sense independence and abortion While he clearly did not conduct his research to serve some ultimate purpose it appears that this book could be a tool for people who are not familiar with rural America to better understand the concerns of rural communities and for rural Americans themselves to critically reflect whether their current strategies to fight the rural decline are really effective because in the end the vitality of rural communities ies in the interest of every American no matter where they iveAn excellent book highly recommended This book is well researched Wuthnow spent years observing and interviewing people in rural America but its findings are frustratingly over generalized Wuthnow creates a composite sketch of rural America focusing on an unnamed southern town an unnamed Midwestern town and an unnamed New England town The result is a portrait that feels flattened Wuthnow s main findings reduced to generalizations that in many ways reinforce stereotypesWuthnow makes clear that rural residents don t ike to feel inferior they hate the mocking derision they feel from urban elites Wuthnow also emphasizes the moral nature of rural communities where taking care of your neighbors is a way of The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness lifeThis being said I m not sure Iearned anything new from Wuthnow s book whoch at times falls into the easy rut of contradictory stereotypes On the one hand rural Americans resist change on the other they resent being The Leadership Gap left behind by a rapidly changing society Rural residents feel the federal government is simultaneously too distant and too controlling Rural communities worry about shrinking populations but resist newcomers And rural residents believe in helping their neighbors but resent social programs they see as giving handoutsThese general observations might be true but they are too broad to be helpful They also obscure the deeper nuances in rural communities and among rural residents I fear Wuthnow s book ends up reinforcing the very stereotypes he is trying to fight A good book presenting the results of an in depth social study of America s rural communities The author a Princeton Social Scientist conducted eight years of interviews and data collection throughout various rural counties towns and villages across a wide spectrum of regions He presents the findings through a variety of subjects seeking to explain the motivations and attitudes of the citizens in these rural communities His biggest finding not surprisingly is that the wide variety of places he st. Thnow brings us into America's small towns farms and rural communities to paint a rich portrait of the moral order the interactionsoyalties obligations and identities underpinning this critical segment of the nation Wuthnow demonstrates that to truly understand rural Americans' anger their culture must be explored fully and he shows that ,
Because the author a sociology professor at Princeton grew up in a tiny town in Kansas this book displays a careful sympathetic ear for Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) life in small town America He acknowledges that he is now part of the East Coastiberal elite but his study is consciously nonpartisan In the introduction he notes that the standard theory about the cause of rural unrest is economic decline resulting in white
Male Anger He Thinks That Is Too Simplistic He Saysanger He thinks that is too simplistic He says small towns have a culture a moral community which to them feels threatened Here is his definition of a moral community I do not mean this in the vernacular sense of moral as good right virtuous or principled I mean it rather in the specialized sense of a place to which and in which people feel an obligation to one another and to uphold the Serenity Role Playing Game local ways of being that govern their expectations about ordinaryife and support their feelings of being at home and doing the right thingsA moral community draws our attention to the fact that people interact with one another and form oyalties to one another and to the places in which their interaction takes place These enduring interactions and obligations and identities they entail constitute the community as a home Understanding communities this way differs from the notion that people are independent individuals who form their opinions based strictly on their economic interest and their psychological needs They may be rugged individualists But they are not fundamentally that Spend some time in rural America and you realize one thing people there are community oriented page 4He continues his explanation on page 6 saying The moral outrage of rural America is a mixture of fear and anger The fear is that small town ways of ife are disappearing The anger is that they are under siege The outrage cannot be understood apart from the oyalties that rural Americans feel toward their communitiesThe book then explores aspects of the moral community which seem to be threatened He says people iving in small towns have a philosophy of
NOT BEING A BURDEN BUT THAT IF SOMEONE FALLSbeing a burden but that if someone falls hard times neighbors rush in to help The organization through which help is given is usually the church Washington is viewed with suspicion On one hand rural Americans feel ignored and that Washington doesn t offer help when it is needed On the other hand Washington is viewed as intrusive making problems worse He says there is a feeling in a small community that everyone iving there is the same They aren t really of course but they make an effort to fit in If they are wealthy they ive
Below Their Means Andtheir means and with others in the community in an eual way There is also not a strong distinction between white collar and blue collar jobs People iving in small towns are aware of the downsides such as being far from health care but think the positives of iving there outweigh any negativesThe author The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev lists some of the threats to rural towns as being population declineeading to an older population teen pregnancy drugs ack of jobs and a conseuent brain drain and a growing cultural divide He sums this up by saying It is the almost inexpressible concern that their way of ife is eroding shifting imperceptibly under the feet and being discredited and attacked from the outside that poses the greatest threat page 79Having moved to a small town ess than a year ago I found this slim book just 164 pages of text excluding the notes reading ist and index interesting and thought provoking It has made me ook around myself with insight which is never a bad thing Worthless book If you are an adult human being who hasn t been in a coma for the ast 20 years you will The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School learn nothing from this book If you read this book and felt youearned something you probably have bigger problems to deal with than why rural America feels eft behind in the 21st century My biggest issue was that the author who admits in the epilogue to being part of the iberal elite basically spends the entire book acting as an apologist for rural America for being bigoted xenophobic homophobic misogynist and every other trait favored by conservatives Do we really not understand that rural white America dislikes Hispanics coming into their town because their town has always been 99% white Who doesn t know this But importantlyit s not an excuse The book states over and over again how rural America feels comfortable in their small towns in their communitieshow hard is it for them to understand that the entire WORLD is a community and if everyone treated everyone else. How a fraying social fabric is fueling the outrage of rural AmericansWhat is fueling rural America's outrage toward the federal government Why did rural Americans vote overwhelmingly for Donald Trump And is there a nuanced explanation for the growing rural urban divide Drawing on than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews Robert Wu.