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James Peacock

I received my B.A. in Psychology from Duke Univresity and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University after doing fieldwork in Southeast Asia and the United States. My fieldwork includes studies of proletarian culture in Surabaja, Indonesia (see Rites of Modernization, University of Chicago Press), of Muslim reformation in southeast Asia (see Muslim Puritans, Universityof California Press), symbols in social life (see Consciousness and Change, Oxford) and of Primitive Baptists (see Pilgrims of Paradox, Smithsonian). I am also the author of The Anthropological Lens (Cambridge University Press, 1988 and 2001). From 1996-summer, 2003 I was director of the University Center for International Studies here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am currently a Kenan Professor of Anthropology at UNC-CH interested in global Souths. For photo and more information, see the web site.


The South In A Global World

Autumn 2002 | Essays

James McBride Dabbs wrote, "Of all the Americans, the Southerner is the most at home in the world. Or at least in the South, which, because of its very at-homeness, he is apt to confuse with the world." One might see here a nascent globalism—Southern hospitality as humanism—while recognizing at the same time an insularity that was inward-looking rather than hospitable. The relation of the South and the world has changed: the South is now "transnational" or "global," we assert.