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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

In Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World, I reflect on the U.S. South and southerners as they experience global forces today. I focus on attitudes, values, beliefs, and, ultimately, identities and meanings, asking how these are being shaped, how they are changing and abiding. The southern United States was not always the South: it formed ...

Part One. Orientation

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ONE. A Model

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pp. 3-13

On Memorial Day 2006, I take a taxi from Raleigh-Durham airport after flying in from Dothan, in South Alabama. The driver has a trainee with him. "Where are you guys from?" I ask. "Guess," answers the trainee. "Eritrea," I suggest, succeeding after two wrong tries. "Where's he from?" the trainee asks, referring to the driver. "Ethiopia," ...

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TWO. The South as/in the World

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pp. 14-44

James McBride Dabbs once wrote: "Of all the Americans, the Southerner is the most at home in the world. Or at least in the South, which, because of his very at-homeness, he is apt to confuse with the world." 1 Dabbs used the word "world" in the first sentence to refer to the southerner's immediate surroundings, as in "worldly," "of this world,' ...

Part Two. Trends

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THREE. From Oppositionality to Integration

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pp. 47-75

Dabbs, we recall, characterized southerners as at home in the world, which they think of as the South. It seems that southerners are now broadening their awareness of the world while retaining an identity with the region, and in so doing they are burying their sense of opposing the nation, especially the North. More frequent relations with the world ...

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FOUR. Dualism to Pluralism: Global Diversity on Southern Ground

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pp. 76-101

Global identity is expressed locally by diversity, or pluralism. In the American South, the impact of globally derived immigration and cultural influences has a special character. The South's complex history of diverse peoples and cultures—ranging from Native American groups of great variety and complexity to ethnically diverse migrants...

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FIVE. Southern Space: From Sense of Place to Force Field

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pp. 102-134

The phrase "sense of place" suggests the perception of a locale as more than just a physical space, as a territory but also as a psychological space, a place imbued with history and memory, community and experience. In short, "space" becomes "place." The South, it is said, has a sense of place. As Roy Blount Jr. put it, "the South is a place," and, he ...

Part Three. Meaning and Action

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SIX. Meaning: Religion in the Global South

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pp. 137-155

Time, place, preservation, tourism, memory, spirituality, horror movies and Halloween, retirement homes, commemorations, reenactments, community legends, Sigmund Freud and William Faulkner, funerals, cemeteries, monuments: the members of this list share a focus on the past. "The past is not past," proclaimed both Faulkner and Freud. ...

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SEVEN. Subjectivities: Meaning Making in the Changing South

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pp. 156-183

Subjective experience is the subject of this chapter, expressed in such areas as dreams, spiritualism, and the arts. How do such expressions reflect global influences? Does globalism penetrate only economics, politics, and public spheres, such as commemorations of race relations, institutional worship, and architecture and city planning? Or do global ...

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EIGHT. Politics: Is Globalism Liberal? Is a Local Focus Conservative?

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pp. 184-219

Asserting that the South is orienting itself around the global brings to mind two assumptions we often take as givens: that the South as a region is a bastion of conservatism and that to orient around the global means to become more liberal. We need to examine these assumptions in light of the actual contours of the globalizing South. Obviously, given the ...

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Conclusions

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pp. 220-258

What might we conclude? We might conclude that the South has changed importantly in recent years, that it is changing still, and that globalization—that is, interconnection with the world—is an important part of that change. Specifically, a pillar of southern identity—a sense of opposition to the nation—is being transformed to the extent ...

Notes

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pp. 259-278

Bibliography

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pp. 279-294

Index

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pp. 295-311