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5.0 out of 5 stars Examining history, religion, ecology and other influences on southern cultural evolution., October 19, 2007
GROUNDED GLOBALISM: HOW THE U.S. SOUTH EMBRACES THE WORLD is a pick for college-level libraries strong in either Southern history and culture or world history. It charts how the South and its peoples and businesses are 'going global', how it's been affected by demographic and economic changes, and how globalism has affected the southern sense of self. GROUNDED GLOBALISM comes from an anthropologist but crosses genres in examining history, religion, ecology and other influences on southern cultural evolution.

Diane C. Donovan
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5.0 out of 5 stars The American South as a citizen of the World, October 10, 2007
Grounded Globalism builds a fascinating model for the new South on an original insight: that globalization fundamentally transforms the region by transcending its oppositional identity to the North and subsuming it into the greater framework of the world as a whole. The crippling burden of history is lifted, freeing the South to soar, and yet to remain grounded in its regional specificity: the world is not truly flat, as Tom Friedman postulates.
Author James Peacock traces the forging of Southern history from its expansive early period to its nineteenth century definition by secession, civil war, reconstruction, and forward to its transformation by globalization in the new millennium. He makes a compelling case for the embrace of globalization by the new South, arguably contributing to its dominance in areas ranging from the economic to the political. Charlotte, North Carolina, is headquarters for Bank of America and Wachovia, Atlanta, Georgia for CNN, Raleigh for SAS. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Southerners both, ranked among the most intellectually impressive of American presidents.
The scholarly underpinnings of the book are enlivened by anecdotes and images, making for an insightful and informative contribution to the conversation on regional identity in a globalized world.
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Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World (The New Southern Studies)
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