From the Vault: The Question of the Invisible Majority

by Mikala Carpenter August 5, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. On July 1, 2013, Senator […]

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Irene Thomson on BookTV Saturday to discuss ‘Culture Wars’ and answer questions

by Heather Newman May 21, 2010

Irene Taviss Thomson, author of Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas, will be on BookTV Saturday. Her discussion and Q&A at Fairleigh Dickinson University was taped by the show a few weeks ago and will be broadcast Saturday at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time on C-SPAN2. The book examined articles in four news magazines, plus a wealth of public speeches and other written materials, to determine that how people identified themselves (Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative) did not accurately predict how they would feel about hot button issues such as religion, homosexuality, sexual conduct, and abortion. You can watch the show online […]

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Q&A with Irene Taviss Thomson, author of Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas

by University of Michigan Press April 1, 2010

The idea of a culture war, or wars, has existed in America since the 1960s—an underlying ideological schism in our country that is responsible for the polarizing debates on everything from the separation of church and state, to abortion, to gay marriage, to affirmative action. Irene Taviss Thomson explores this notion by analyzing hundreds of articles addressing hot-button issues over two decades from four magazines: National Review, Time, The New Republic, and The Nation, as well as a wide array of other writings and statements from a substantial number of public intellectuals. Irene Taviss Thomson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, […]

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Barack Obama’s Real Majority

by kris bishop August 2, 2009

by John Kenneth White, author of Barack Obama’s America “Nearly four decades ago, social scientists Richard Scammon and Ben Wattenberg defined the Real Majority of the American electorate as being “un-young, un-poor, and un-black.” Put another way, most Americans were white, married, middle-aged with modest incomes, and resided in the suburbs. Thinking of politics in these demographic terms led many analysts to view the issues of the day through the prism of how they would resonate to this Real Majority. As cultural issues became dominant (i.e., abortion, the death penalty, crime, drug use, and the like), Scammon and Wattenberg’s Real […]

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“A Holy Snooping” by Mardi Link

by University of Michigan Press July 7, 2009

Mardi Link is author of the forthcoming true crime novel Isadore’s Secret. Below is a posting that appeared on her blog Rusty Gun on July 2, 2009. July 1st the New York Times featured a story on naughty nuns. Well, not naughty nuns per se, but rather Rome’s decidedly dim view of the behavior of nuns in the U.S. According to the article, the Vatican has initiated two investigations into the workings of American convents. Specifically, those convents whose Sisters are out and about, working with the public. Cloistered nuns who shun our modern world are, apparently, still ok.

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