Research on the Political Geography of the South, 1980 – 2005

Gerald R. Webster, Jerrod Bowman, Daniel McGowin, and Heath Robinson
The Southeastern Geographer 2007 47(1): pp. 1–12
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The American South has undResearch_Southergone tremendous change in the past quarter century. No where is this change more apparent than on the region’s political landscape. Today minority voters are participating at all levels in the South’s political processes. The region has also continued its movement from the Democratic to Republican parties. Have these changes received adequate attention in the political geography literature? This paper attempts to identify all articles, book chapters and books on the political geography of the South published in the past quarter century. It finds that there has been a significant increase in the rate of published work on the region’s changing political landscape, and that these efforts have appeared in a wide array of outlets. The paper concludes by identifying areas in which additional work would be helpful to fully understanding the South’s political landscape.