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Regional Subcultures of the United States

Joel Lieske
The Journal of Politics
Vol. 55, No. 4 (Nov., 1993), pp. 888-913
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2131941
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

This study develops the case, theory, and statistical methodology for a new measure of American regional subcultures. Using principal component and cluster analysis on some 45 measures of racial origin, ethnic ancestry, religious affiliation, and social structure, I show how the entire population of U.S. countries can be partitioned into 10 distinctive, regional subcultures that are relatively homogeneous and contiguous. Next, I identify the cultural characteristics of each subculture and relate my new classification scheme to the work of Elazar, Gastil, Garreau, and Fischer. Finally, I compare the relative utility of this new measure with Elazar's typology in explaining the variation in a number of social, political, and policy indicators.

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