Journal of Politics
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. counties 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.
Lieske, Joel A., "Regional Subcultures of the United States" (1993). Political Science Faculty Publications. Paper 11.
Lieske, Joel. 1993. "Regional Subcultures of the United States." Journal of Politics 55:888-913.
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