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Beyond the Book

312 pp., 5.75 x 9.25, 4 tables, notes, bibl., index

The American South in a Global World

Looking beyond broad theories of globalization, this volume examines the specific effects of globalizing forces on the southern United States. Eighteen essays approach globalization from a variety of perspectives, addressing such topics as relations between global and local communities; immigration, particularly of Latinos and Asians; local industry in a time of globalization; power and confrontation between rural and urban worlds; race, ethnicity, and organizing for social justice; and the assimilation of foreign-born professionals.

From portraits of the political and economic positions of Latinos in Miami and Houston to the effects of mountaintop removal on West Virginia communities, these snapshots of globalization across a broad southern ground help redirect the study of the South in response to how the South itself is being reshaped by globalization in the twenty-first century.


Catherine Brooks, Morristown, New Jersey

David H. Ciscel, University of Memphis

Thaddeus Countway Guldbrandsen, University of New Hampshire

Carla Jones, University of Colorado, Boulder

Sawa Kurotani, University of Redlands (Redlands, Cal.)

Paul A. Levengood, Virginia Historical Society

Carrie R. Matthews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bryan McNeil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Marcela Mendoza, University of Memphis

Donald M. Nonini, University of Toronto

James L. Peacock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Barbara Ellen Smith, University of Memphis

Jennie M. Smith, Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.)

Sandy Smith-Nonini, University of Toronto

Ellen Griffith Spears, Emory University

Gregory Stephens, University of West Indies-Mona

Steve Striffler, University of Arkansas

Ajantha Subramanian, Harvard University

Meenu Tewari, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lucila Vargas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Harry L. Watson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rachel A. Willis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Author

All three editors are affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. James L. Peacock is Kenan Professor of Anthropology and professor of comparative literature. His most recent book is The Anthropological Lens: Harsh Light, Soft Focus. Harry L. Watson is professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South. He is author of four books, including Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America. Carrie R. Matthews is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature.

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