Surveying the South: Studies in Regional Sociology (review)

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Surveying the South: Studies in Regional Sociology (review)

by John David Smith
Southern Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 2: Winter 1996

University of Missouri Press, 1993.

Surveying the South reprints ten articles published by John Shelton Reed between 1978 and 1991. Appropriately, Reed dedicates his collection of essays to distinguished pioneer sociologists Guy B. Johnson, Edgar T. Thompson, and Rupert B. Vance. One of the nation’s foremost regional sociologists, Reed devotes considerable attention to the contributions of those “great Southern sociologists of the 1930s,” who began descriptive regional sociology. Like those scholars, Reed researches deeply and writes with charm, grace, and wit.