Academic journal article Southern Cultures

Where Is the South?

Academic journal article Southern Cultures

Where Is the South?

Article excerpt

The South has been defined in a great many ways, but two of the most interesting characteristics we can use to determine its boundaries have not been gauged until recently:

1. Where do residents consider their community to lie in the South?

2. Where do people consider themselves to be southerners? (This question is obviously affected by the presence of non-southern migrants.)

Since 1992, fourteen twice-yearly Southern Focus Polls conducted by the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have asked respondents from the eleven former Confederate states, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, "Just for the record, would you say that your community is in the South, or not?" Twelve of these polls asked the same question of respondents from West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Missouri. (All except Missouri were included in the "South" as defined by the Bureau of the Census. …

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