James L. Peacock (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Project Title

Exploring Identity in the Global South

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2003–04

James L. Peacock focused on two projects: a Rockefeller Foundation project on the globalizing South, and a Fulbright study of sectarian and ethnic aspects of conflict and peace. For the Rockefeller project (an ongoing research project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation with Peacock as principal investigator) he coedited vol. 1 (with Lothar Hönnighausen, Marc Frey, and Niklaus Steiner) and vol. 2 (with Lothar Hönnighausen, Anke Ortlepp, and Niklaus Steiner) of Regionalism in the Age of Globalism (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004); coedited (with Harry L. Watson and Carrie R. Matthews) The American South in a Global World (University of North Carolina Press, in press); and drafted all six chapters of his book The Global Mind of the American South. At a conference on ethnic conflict and peace processes, hosted in Washington, D.C., by the United States Institute of Peace and the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, he chaired a panel on "Identity Matters: Ethnic, Religious, and Other Cultural Bases of Identity." He is coediting (with Patricia Thornton and Patrick Inman) a volume titled Identity Matters which includes papers by eleven of the researchers. He also wrote the foreword for Social Origins of Religion by Roger Bastide (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); an essay on "Values" for the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes (Pergamon/Elsevier Science, 2004); and an article, "Geertz's Concept of Culture in Historical Context: How He Saved the Day and Maybe the Century," for Clifford Geertz and His Colleagues: A Colloquy, edited by Richard A. Shweder and Byron Good (University of Chicago Press, in press).