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The world is flat? Maybe not, says this paradigm-shifting study of globalism's impact on a region legendarily resistant to change. The U.S. South, long defined in terms of its differences with the U.S. North, is moving out of this national and oppositional frame of reference into one that is more international and integrative. Likewise, as the South (home to UPS, CNN, KFC, and other international brands) goes global, people are emigrating there from countries like India, Mexico, and Vietnam--and becoming southerners. Much has been made of the demographic and economic aspects of this shift. Until now, though, no one has systematically shown what globalism means to the southern sense of self.

Anthropologist James L. Peacock looks at the South of both the present and the past to develop the idea of "grounded globalism," in which global forces and local cultures rooted in history, tradition, and place reverberate against each other in mutually sustaining and energizing ways. Peacock's focus is on a particular part of the world; however, his model is widely relevant: "Some kind of grounding in locale is necessary to human beings."

Grounded Globalism draws on perspectives from fields as diverse as ecology, anthropology, religion, and history to move us beyond the model, advanced by such scholars as C. Vann Woodward, that depicts the South as a region paralyzed by the burden of its past. Peacock notes that, while globalism may lift old burdens, it may at the same time impose new ones. He also maintains that earlier regional identities have not been replaced by the rootless cosmopolitanism of cyberspace or other abstracted systems. Attachments to place remain, even as worldwide markets erase boundaries and flatten out differences and distinctions among nations. Those attachments exert their own pressures back on globalism, says Peacock, with subtle strengths we should not discount.

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The world is flat? Maybe not, says this paradigm-shifting study of globalism's impact on a region legendarily resistant to change. The U.S. South, long defined in terms of its differences with the U.S. North, is moving out of this national and oppositional frame of reference into one that is more international and integrative. Likewise, as the South (home to UPS, CNN, KFC, and other international brands) goes global, people are emigrating there from countries like India, Mexico, and Vietnam-and becoming southerners. Much has been made of the demographic and economic aspects of this shift. Until now, though, no one has systematically shown what globalism means to the southern sense of self. Anthropologist James L. Peacock looks at the South of both the present and the past to develop the idea of "grounded globalism," in which global forces and local cultures rooted in history, tradition, and place reverberate against each other in mutually sustaining and energizing ways.

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"Peacock's new book will provide informed answers to many questions about the future of the American South. His term 'grounded globalism' will likely become the key one for understanding how a transformed South will play a distinctive role, not only in the nation but in the world. This engaging study shows a distinguished scholar attuned to a spectacular array of evidence that has deeper patterns he discerns. Peacock has been paying close, sensitive attention to developments in the South, and this book represents a report from the swirl of social change that is bringing new peoples, cultures, and attitudes into the region."—Charles Reagan Wilson, Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi
"The U.S. South is admired around the world for its unique culture. In Grounded Globalism, Peacock offers an original and hopeful view of how we can engage the world while keeping, and even enhancing, the best of what the South has to offer."—President Jimmy Carter
"Peacock is a pathbreaking commentator on the impact of globalization on the American South. In this provocative volume, he challenges us to move beyond traditional notions of a southern identity shaped and sustained by the South's historically 'oppositional' relationship with the rest of America to focus on its rapidly evolving relationship with the rest of the world."—James C. Cobb, author of Away Down South
"Grounded Globalism brings the problems and promises of globalization down to earth in writing that is accessible to all readers. Most studies of globalism explore its impact on 'others' who live outside of the United States. Peacock takes us home to the American South. Everyone interested in outsourcing, offshoring, and realignment should read this book."—James L. Watson, editor of Golden Arches East: McDonald's in East Asia
"What is most compelling about Peacock’s thesis is that his new paradigm depicts an altered sense of self for the southerner. Peacock pinpoints southern identity shifts on both communal and individual levels. . . . His study is forward-looking, as he anticipates how grounded globalism will continue to alter southern identity. The vision of a South free from its 'burden of history' is tantalizing: only time will tell if Peacock’s theory comes to pass."—Southern Quarterly

Table of Contents

Preface ix

part one. orientation

one A Model 3

two The South as/in the World 14

part two. trends

three From Oppositionality to Integration 47

four Dualism to Pluralism: Global Diversity on Southern Ground 76

five Southern Space: From Sense of Place to Force Field 102

part three. meaning and action

six Meaning: Religion in the Global South 137

seven Subjectivities: Meaning Making in the Changing South 156

eight Politics: Is Globalism Liberal? Is a Local Focus Conservative? 184

Conclusions 220

Notes 259

Bibliography 279

Index 295

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820328683
Author:
Peacock, James L
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Author:
Peacock, James L.
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Pluralism (social sciences)
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
Southern States Religion.
Subject:
Southern States Civilization.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
New Southern Studies
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 1.3 lb

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