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Introduction The Fractious Nation?

Jonathan Rieder

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220430.003.0001
Introduction The Fractious Nation?

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This chapter places the chapters of the book in context and mentions some of the contentious events and fractious tendencies that have raised concern about whether the center of American life is holding—and even whether there is such a thing as an American center. It notes that the violence in recent decades has not always been verbal, and race has been at the heart of some of the nation's nastiest skirmishes. It deals with the facts of America's condition and the normality of conflict as a routing feature of social life.

Keywords: fractious tendencies; American life; American center; violence; race; conflict; social life

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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