John Shelton Reed

2004 SeasonJohn Reed

John Shelton Reed taught for thirty-one years at the University of North Carolina, where he directed the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South. A founding coeditor of the quarterly Southern Cultures, he has received many fellowships and prizes and has been president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. He was once a judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and in 2001 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He lives and writes in Chapel Hill.


Minding the South (2003) 

1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South (1996) 

Glorious Battle: The Cultural Politics of Victorian Anglo-Catholicism (1998)

Kicking Back: Further Dispatches from the South (1995) 

Surveying the South: Studies in Regional Sociology (1993) 

"My Tears Spoiled My Aim" and Other Reflections on Southern Culture (1994) 

Whistling Dixie: Dispatches from the South (1990) 

Southern Folk, Plain and Fancy: Native White Social Types (1986) 

Southerners: The Social Psychology of Sectionalism (1983) 

One South: An Ethnic Approach to Regional Culture (1982) 

Regionalism and the South: Selected Papers of Rupert Vance (1982) 

Perspectives on the American South: An Annual Review of Society,

Politics and Culture (Vol. 1, 1981); (Vol. 2, 1983) 

The Enduring Effects of Education (1975) 

The Enduring South: Subcultural Persistence in Mass Society (1974; revised ed., 1986)



From Minding the South, by John Shelton Reed:

You're in the American South now, a proud region with a distinctive history and culture. A place that echoes with names like Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee, Scarlett O'Hara and Uncle Remus, Martin Luther King and William Faulkner, Billy Graham, Mahalia Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley. Home of the country blues and country music, bluegrass and Dixieland jazz, gospel music and rock and roll. Where menus offer both down-home biscuits and gravy and uptown shrimp and grits. Where churches preach against "cigarettes, whiskey, and wild, wild women" (all Southern products) and where American football is a religion.