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Apr 08, 2009

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ceemac

Does the book deal with how this "sort" is differnt from earlier sorts that were more based on your "roots."

For example; In your neck of the woods in 1930 I would bet you would find the anglo southern blue collar protestants who had migrated from the south to KC for work "sorted" into different neighborhoods than various ethnic (polish, italian, etc) catholic groups who each may have "sorted" into their own neighborhoods.

Michael W. Kruse

I don't recall that he goes into any cultural analysis prior to the 1950s.

I suspect in 1930s K.C. you would certainly have seen distinct neighborhoods with ethnic identity. (Some still do today.) Yet I think what might be different is that you were constantly confronted with people different from you on the train, at school, in the workplace, etc.

The ability to segregate off and seclude oneself from others has grown significantly.

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