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288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 illus., 1 fig., 1 map, 5 tables, bibl., index

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

ISBN  978-0-8078-7139-3
Published: June 2010

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 15: Urbanization

Volume edited by Wanda Rushing

Charles Reagan Wilson, general editor

This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers a current and authoritative reference to urbanization in the American South from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, surveying important southern cities individually and examining the various issues that shape patterns of urbanization from a broad regional perspective.

Looking beyond the post-World War II era and the emergence of the Sunbelt economy to examine recent and contemporary developments, the 48 thematic essays consider the ongoing remarkable growth of southern urban centers, new immigration patterns (such as the influx of Latinos and the return-migration of many African Americans), booming regional entrepreneurial activities with global reach (such as the rise of the southern banking industry and companies such as CNN in Atlanta and FedEx in Memphis), and mounting challenges that result from these patterns (including population pressure and urban sprawl, aging and deteriorating infrastructure, gentrification, and state and local budget shortfalls). The 31 topical entries focus on individual cities and urban cultural elements, including Mardi Gras, Dollywood, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

About the Author

Wanda Rushing is professor of sociology at the University of Memphis. She is author of Memphis and the Paradox of Place: Globalization in the American South (UNC Press). Charles Reagan Wilson is Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.


"Recommended for all reference collections in the Southern region."
--Library Journal

"A compelling book. . . . Provides an excellent starting place for students, researchers, and general readers interested in the historical, social, political, and cultural processes that formed and are forming the new South. . . . Highly recommended for high school, public, community college, and academic libraries."
--American Reference Books Annual

"The full volume on Urbanization in The New Encyclopedia greatly expands the eight thematic articles on the topic in the original Encyclopedia."
--North Carolina Historical Review

"Urbanization, edited by Wanda Rushing, is another fine effort in the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture book series. It is a much-needed addition to work on the urban South, ranging widely over topics from city planning to Sun Belt cities, from sports stadia to hip hop. Many key southern cities also are highlighted. A very welcome compendium."
--Martin V. Melosi, University of Houston

"A comprehensive, contextual, and up-to-date assessment of urbanization and cities in the South that maintains the high quality of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture series. The volume will be a valuable resource for scholars and decision-makers throughout the region."
--David Goldfield, Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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