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A south in the north: emplacing the south in the American national myth

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Abstract:

As part of a larger project concerning the men's World Cup of soccer in American culture, I examine media coverage of a single player on the US national team: Georgia – born forward Clint Mathis. Texts constructed this player's persona through a discussion of his unique style and southern identity. I analyze the construction of American national and southern regional identity within this coverage underscoring how the formation took place on both an internal (national) and external (global) scale.

Keywords: American South; national identity; racial identity; space/place; sport

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2011.585632

Affiliations: University of North Carolina–Wilmington, Sociology & Criminology, Social and Behavioral Science,

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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