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American national identity and the progress of the New South in National Geographic Magazine
Pennsylvania State University.
2003 (English)In: Geographical Review, ISSN 0016-7428, E-ISSN 1931-0846, Vol. 93, no 3, 350-369 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how National Geographic Magazine’s coverage of the U.S.South contributed to the production of an exalted American national identity. The framework of internal orientalism is employed to explain the role of the South as an internal other in the national discourse and to show how even positive representations of the South are often implicated in this othering. In the pages of National Geographic, the New South’s progress is measured by the steps it takes away from the Old South. In highlighting the improvements made within the South, the articles provide subtle hints that the legacy of segregation, intolerance, racism, and poverty continues to haunt the region. The articles set up a spatial distinctionthat construes these evils as inherently southern problems, which implies that howeverfar the New South moves away from the problematic legacy of the Old South, it will neverquite reach the American ideal.

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2003. Vol. 93, no 3, 350-369 p.
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internal orientalism, national identity, regional identity, U.S. South, United States
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166773DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2003.tb00037.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166773DiVA: diva2:477554
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-04-18

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