Conservative Culture?

As the end of Our Patchwork Nation draws near, Chinni and Gimpel examine the cultural differences between the types of counties. Cultural aspects such as religion, Hollywood culture, social media usage, and spending habits are discussed, as well as how they pertain to the community types.  For example, the number of book stores in a […]

Tractor Country: The Unlikely Hero

The economy section of Chinni and Gimpel’s Our Patchwork Nation was eye opening. What I knew about the recession and the economy came from anecdotes my father told, so my knowledge was limited. It was eye opening to read this section, not only because of it’s more in depth look at the recession and American […]

Tractor Country: The Unlikely Hero

The economy section of Chinni and Gimpel’s Our Patchwork Nation was eye opening. What I knew about the recession and the economy came from anecdotes my father told, so my knowledge was limited. It was eye opening to read this section, not only because of it’s more in depth look at the recession and American […]

Living in the Bubble of Your County

Within this section of Our Patchwork Nation, Chinni and Gimpel discuss some of the different types of counties, including Immigration Nation, Industrial Metropolis, Military Bastions, Minority Central, Monied Burbs, Mormon Outposts, Service Worker Centers, and Tractor Country. By going into detail about a representative country for each category, the authors provide anecdotal evidence to explain voting […]

Am I Defined By My County?

In the introduction to the book Our Patchwork Nation, journalist Dante Chinni describes his and James Gimpel’s theory that the United States can be broken down into twelve types of counties that each represent a different type of community. He includes categories such as Boom Towns, counties defined by religions like Mormonism and Evangelical Protestants, […]