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Unformatted text preview: er, may signify the “New South” that many
would like to associate with progress and racial tolerance.8
These studies do have two major limitations, however. First, they present a
rather static notion of the South. As sociologist Larry Griffin argues, “the South
of then is recreated and oddly memorialized, concretized in a sense in the South of
now.” By examining a word like “Dixie” some might argue that this line of research
perpetuates the tendency to look toward the past. Second, the work focuses only
on cities, ignoring states, an important and meaningful unit of geography. Given
the nature of print telephone directories, Reed was limited to looking up naming
patterns in cities rather than in entire states. He used data from these cities and
interpolated the points in between to create maps of the region. For example, he
computed D and S scores for only two cities in Kentucky (Lexington and Louisville) and two cities in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City and Tulsa). As a result, his conclusions about regional identity in these two states were based on measurements
taken in just two locales respect...
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- Spring '14