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Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World (The New Southern Studies Ser.) Hardcover – July 15, 2007

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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)

About the Author

James L. Peacock, Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was president of the American Anthropological Association from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 Peacock was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002 the American Anthropological Association awarded him the prestigious Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology. His visiting professorships have taken him to Princeton University, Yale University, Oxford University, University of California at San Diego, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Dr. Peacock has authored or edited more than fifteen books, including the widely taught overview The Anthropological Lens. His articles, papers, reviews, commentaries, and other writings number in the hundreds.
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Product Details

  • Series: The New Southern Studies Ser.
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; 1St Edition edition (July 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820328685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820328683
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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