American Journal of Sociology
Regional cultures, far from atrophying in the face of national and global cultural circuits, are both enduring and reproducing themselves. This is not just due to locals holding fast to their traditions but to cosmopolitans becoming knowledgeable about the culture of place as part of their ongoing identity construction. Results from Survey2000, an online survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, show the processes that are maintaining and even increasing the cultural distinctiveness of American regions as indicated by residents’ knowledge of local literature. One such process involves what we call cultural “cowbirds,” people new to a region who catch up with the natives’ local cultural knowledge.
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Wendy Griswold and Nathan Wright. “Cowbirds, Locals, and the Dynamic Endurance of Regionalism.” American Journal of Sociology, 109: 1411-1451. 2004.