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The New South Project by Brooke White


The New South Project


Photographs by Brooke C. White



The New South Project investigates the ways that identity and place are affected by the economic and technological changes taking place within specific regions of the global south such as, South Central Asia and the southern United States. Through the use of photography, digital mapping technology and short film animations, The New South Project makes transnational comparisons that are crucial for understanding the cultural and geographical impact of globalization on some of the most disadvantaged regions of the world.

Each geographic location in The New South Project faces many challenges due to globalization some of which include, environmental degradation, displacement and political instability. This project began in Bangalore, India, known as the Silicone Valley of India, where I was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the fall of 2012. It has grown to include the deep south of the Unites States and focuses on four common themes that evolved while photographing; Expansion, Cultivated Spaces, Oil and Water. Each one of these themes can be seen throughout regions of India, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, and demonstrate the various ways that the global economic market impacts the landscapes of The New South Project.


*This project was made possible through the generous support of the University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts Senior Scholar Summer Research Grant and the Fulbright Commission.