James G. Thomas, Jr.
James G. Thomas Jr. is associate director for publications at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Since 2003, he has been managing editor of the recently completed 24-volume New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. He and Charles Reagan Wilson edited the Science & Medicine volume (22) of the series. Thomas has worked as an editor on publications in New York and Oxford, Miss., where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
When the University of North Carolina Press joined with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi to publish the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture in 1989, a pioneering reference work was born. The first reference book to deal exclusively with an American regional culture, the encyclopedia has served as a model for many similar projects at the state and regional levels. In the years since the encyclopedia was published, globalization, economic transformations and other cultural shifts have profoundly changed the South.
Now, the press and the center have come together again to publish The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, a 24-volume, thoroughly revised and updated edition of the original reference that reflects these changes and the newest scholarship about the region. The final two volumes were released in spring 2013.
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