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He's much more interested in church.

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop

Prepare to hear a lot about church if you pick up this book. Bishop traces the philosophical genesis of "sorting" back to a strategic shift in American churches when they started figuring out that parishioners were more likely to be attracted to a church if it was staffed with people exactly like them.

Churches stopped trying to administer to the town where they were located and started advancing themselves as a "lifestyle" church - young, hip sorts would go to one church, severe faced fundamentalists would go to another. He spends a good pages on this strategic split, going so far as to interview churchgoers in various parts of the country and stand back and marvel at how irreconcilably different they are.

It's not entirely clear to me whether he intends to put forth this change in church strategy as a particularly detailed example of The Big Sort the big sort bill bishop work or if he actually thinks churches are what the big sort bill bishop The Big Sort in the first place.

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Either way, he spends way too much time on it, and neglects some of the bigger questions, like: How does the internet, with its facility for non-geographically derived identity structures, speak to the The big sort bill bishop Sort?

The reason for this situation, and the dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work. Injournalist Bill Bishop made national news in a series of articles when he first described "the big sort.

In the big sort bill bishop time of political segregation, it''s simple enough to tell a place''s politics just by looking. Before the midterm elections, marketing firms held focus groups and fielded polls, scouring the countryside to find the giveaway to a person''s political inclination.

Using the most sophisticated techniques of market profiling, these firms compiled a rather unsurprising list of attributes. Democrats want to live by their own rules.

They hang out with friends at parks or other public places. They think that religion and politics shouldn''t mix. Democrats watch Sunday morning news shows and late-night television.

They listen to morning radio, read weekly newsmagazines, watch network television, read music and lifestyle publications, and are inclined to belong to a DVD rental service. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to own cats.

Republicans go to church. They spend more time the big sort bill bishop family, get their news from Fox News or the radio, and own guns. Republicans read sports and home magazines, attend Bible study, frequently visit relatives, and talk about politics with people at church.

They believe that people should take more responsibility for their lives, and they think that overwhelming force is the best way to defeat terrorists.

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to own dogs. None of this is particularly shocking.


We''ve all learned by now that Republicans watch Fox News and Democrats are less likely to attend church. Okay, the DVD rental clue is a surprise, and The big sort bill bishop in my part of town own plenty of dogs, but basically we all know these differences.

What is new is that some of us appear to be acting on this knowledge. An Episcopal priest told me he had moved from the reliably Republican Louisville, Kentucky, suburbs to an older city neighborhood so that he could be within walking distance of produce stands, restaurants, and coffee shops -- and to be among other The big sort bill bishop.

A journalism professor at the University of North Carolina told me that when he retired, he moved to a more urban part of Chapel Hill to escape Republican neighbors.

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

Portland, for example, has great public transportation and bookstores that attract liberals; Albuquerque offers Bible study groups and universities that teach creation science, which in turn attracts a different demographic.

Throughout the 's, people began to move to areas that offered the amenities and lifestyle they desired. For the big sort bill bishop, Republicans began to move into places where people lived further apart, fed up with "urban life.