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Title:
The new encyclopedia of Southern culture
Author(s):
Wilson, Charles Reagan.
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Publication Information:
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2006-<c2012>
Physical Description:
volumes <1-24> : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Encyclopedia of Southern culture. 1991.

"Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi."
Contents:
Religion / Samuel S. Hill, vol. ed. -- v. 2. Geography / Richard Pillsbury, vol. ed. -- v. 3. History / Charles Reagan Wilson, vol. ed. -- v. 4. Myth, manners, and memory / Charles Reagan Wilson, vol. ed. -- v. 5 Language / Michael Montgomery & Ellen Johnson, vol. eds. -- v. 6 Ethnicity / Celeste Ray, vol. ed. -- v. 7. Foodways / John T. Edge, vol. ed. -- v. 8. Environment / Martin Melosi, vol. ed. -- v. 9. Literature / M. Thomas Inge, vol. ed. -- v. 10. Law & politics / James W. Ely Jr. & Bradley G. Bond, vol. eds. -- v. 11. Agriculture & industry / Melissa Walker & James C. Cobb, vol. eds. -- v. 12. Music / Bill Malone, vol. ed. -- v. 13. Gender / Nancy Bercaw & Ted Ownby, vol. eds. -- v. 14. Folklife / Glenn Hinson & William Ferris, vol. eds. -- v. 15. Urbanization / Wanda Rushing, vol. ed. -- v. 16. Sports & recreation / Harvey H. Jackson III, vol. ed -- -- v. 17. Education / Clarence L. Mohr, vol. ed -- v. 18. Media / Allison Graham & Sharon Montheith -- v. 19. Violence / Amy Louise Wood, vol. ed. -- v. 20. Social class / Larry J. Griffin & Peggy G. Hargis, vol. ed. Art & Architecture / Judith H. Bonner & Estill Curtis, vol. eds. -- v. 21. Art and architecture / vol. ed. Judith H. Bonner & Estill Curtis Pennington -- v. 22. Science and medicine / vol. ed. James G. Thomas, Jr. & Charles Reagan Wilson -- v. 23. Folk art / vol. ed. Carol Crown & Cheryl Rivers -- v. 24. Race / vol. ed. Thomas C. Holt & Laurie B. Green.
Abstract:
Volume 1: Religion. In this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, contributors have revised entries from the original Encyclopedia on topics ranging from religious broadcasting to snake handling and added new entries on such topics as Asian religions, Latino religion, New Age religion, Islam, Native American religion, and social activism. With the contributions of more than 60 authorities in the field--including Paul Harvey, Loyal Jones, Wayne Flynt, and Samuel F. Weber--this volume is an accessibly written, up-to-date reference to religious culture in the American South.

Volume 2: Geography. This volume addresses general topics of cultural geographic interest, such as Appalachia, exiles and expatriates, Latino and Jewish populations, migration patterns, and the profound Disneyfication of central Florida. Entries with a more concentrated focus examine major cities, such as Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis; the influence of black and white southern migrants on northern cities; and individual subregions, such as the Piedmont, Piney Woods, Tidewater, and Delta. Putting together the disparate pieces that make up the place called "the South," this volume sets the scene for the discussions in all the other volumes of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Volume 3: History. this volume broadly surveys history in the American South from the Paleoindian period (approximately 8000 B.C.E.) to the present. In 118 essays, contributors cover the turbulent past of the region that has witnessed frequent racial conflict, a bloody Civil War fought and lost on its soil, massive in- and out-migration, major economic transformations, and a civil rights movement that brought fundamental change to the social order.

Volume 4: Myth, manners, and memory. This volume addresses the cultural, social, and intellectual terrain of myth, manners, and historical memory in the American South. Evaluating how a distinct southern identity has been created, recreated, and performed through memories that blur the line between fact and fiction, this volume paints a broad, multihued picture of the region seen through the lenses of belief and cultural practice.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Added Uniform Title:
Encyclopedia of Southern culture.
Pub Date:
c2006-<c2012>
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Summary

Evangelical Protestant groups have dominated religious life in the South since the early nineteenth century. Even as the conservative Protestantism typically associated with the South has risen in social and political prominence throughout the United States in recent decades, however, religious culture in the South itself has grown increasingly diverse. The region has seen a surge of immigration from other parts of the United States as well as from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, bringing increased visibility to Catholicism, Islam, and Asian religions in the once solidly Protestant Christian South.



In this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture , contributors have revised entries from the original Encyclopedia on topics ranging from religious broadcasting to snake handling and added new entries on such topics as Asian religions, Latino religion, New Age religion, Islam, Native American religion, and social activism. With the contributions of more than 60 authorities in the field--including Paul Harvey, Loyal Jones, Wayne Flynt, and Samuel F. Weber--this volume is an accessibly written, up-to-date reference to religious culture in the American South.


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Library Journal Review

Published in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, this work is a significantly expanded update of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, first released in 1989. While the original was published as a single volume, the New Encyclopedia will be a 24-volume set published over five years, with each relatively small volume devoted to a particular aspect of Southern culture. These inaugural four volumes include Religion; Geography; History; and Myth, Manners, and Memory. Others in the set will include Urbanization, Race, Media, Recreation, Foodways, Law and Politics, and Science and Medicine. Each volume begins with an overview article written by the volume editor, followed by thematic essays arranged alphabetically, then by topical articles, also arranged alphabetically. All essays and articles are signed by the contributor and include bibliographic references. Many new articles have been added, and most of the existing ones have been revised to reflect recent developments in scholarship, especially with respect to race, gender, politics, and the arts. Revised articles also contain updated statistical and bibliographic information. Bottom Line This set represents a solid improvement on a celebrated reference work. The individual volumes will be essential for scholars of various Southern studies topics; the full 24-volume set is highly recommended for all reference collections in the South and larger reference collections elsewhere. [For more information, go to www.uncpress.unc.edu.-Ed.]-Elizabeth L. Winter, Acquisitions Lib. & Information Ctr., Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Appearing 17 years after an earlier version (CH, Nov'89, 27-1293), this encyclopedia has a new multivolume format. Religion and 23 additional volumes will cover various subject categories, updating and expanding the unwieldy, eight-pound, single-volume encyclopedia. Wilson's general introduction helpfully places the series in historical context. Appropriately, Samuel S. Hill's Religion comes first. Religion has touched every aspect of southern culture, and 70 thematic and topical essays by 61 able scholars reflect this. Hill's excellent introduction to his volume touches on the issues of distinctiveness, the black church, ritual, religion and the senses, and seriousness. His essay is brilliant in many ways, but especially so in its description of changing evangelicalism (in terms of its four common convictions) and in his observation that at no other time in Christian history has "baptism been elevated to such eminence--and Communion so deemphasized."Along with revised essays, 15 new ones add to the continuing history of religion in the South. Additions include "Asian Religion," "Diversity," "Islam," "Latino Religion," "New Age Religion," and "Sports and Religion." All are well researched and written by highly qualified scholars, and each concludes with an updated bibliography. Some minor errors appear, e.g., the current affiliations of some contributors. The inclusion of several interpretations on various topics will help lead to the kind of debate that results in scholarly progress. With this series, readers will certainly have handy access to single-volume, authoritative, and comprehensive scholarly treatments of the major areas of southern culture. Scholars, students, and laypeople are sure to treasure this volume on religion and reflect on its contents. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. G. H. Shriver emeritus, Georgia Southern University


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