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Unformatted text preview: trusive and easily replicable measures of a particular understanding of “the South” over time. Reed himself noted that the most
important contribution of his 1976 study was “mapping the South as a socialpsychological entity, and introducing and validating a technique suitable . . . for
much wider application.” Second, these studies demonstrate that “Dixie” and
“Southern” represent different manifestations of southernness—perhaps indicating different subcultures within the region. Third, the difference between these
definitions of the South has grown larger, not smaller. Reed and those who followed him show a precipitous decline in “Dixie” from 1976 to the present, but very
little change in “Southern” place names. Reed notes that perhaps this is because
“Dixie” is a “meaner word” with “more negative connotations.” We concur. Further, it is quite likely that over the ensuing years “Dixie” has taken on a less mainstream connotation that is increasingly associated with the Confederacy and the
region’s racist past. “Southern,” howev...
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