Articles and chapters: "A Curmudgeon Looks at Barbecue," Gravy 80 (Summer 2021).
"Finding the South in New England and New York," Southern Quarterly 57, nos. 2-3 (Winter/Spring 2020): 96-97.
"John Shelton Reed on 'Lousy with Charm'," Southern Literary Review, 20 (October 2020).
"Mass Barbecue is the Invasive Species of Our Culinary Times," The American Conservative, 3 September 2019.
"French Quarter Renaissance," in KnowLouisiana: The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana (www.knowlouisiana.org). Reprinted as "Bohemian Revival," in New Orleans and the World: 1718-2018. New Orleans: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2017.
"Auction Announcement: William Spratling and William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles: A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans," Southern Literary Review, 8 April 2013.
"Bubba-cue Judgment Day," "Race Politics," and "How to Get Along in the South: A Guide for Yankees," in Clyde N. Wilson (ed.), In Justice to so Fine a Country (Chronicles of the South, vol. 2). Rockford, Ill.: Chronicles Press, 2011.
Foreword to Thomas G. Burton, Beech Mountain Man: The Memoirs of Ronda Lee Hicks. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009.
“Southern Eats," in Anthony J. Stanonis (ed.), Dixie Emporium: Tourism, Foodways, and Consumer Culture in the American South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
"Regionalism: The Significance of Place in American Jewish Life" (roundtable with William R. Ferris, Deborah Dash Moore, Theodore Rosengarten, and George Sanchez), American Jewish History 93, no. 2 (June 2007): 113-127.
"Aiming for Fame and Riches." Southern Cultures 12 (Winter 2006): 132.
“Can Any Good Thing Come from Auburn?” in Gordon E. Harvey, Richard D. Starnes, and Glenn Feldman (eds.), History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie: Scholarship, Activism, and Wayne Flynt in the Modern South. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006.
“Institute for Research in Social Science,” in William S. Powell (ed.), Encyclopedia of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
“Queuing Up for Q in London’s East End,” Southern Cultures 11 (Fall 2005): 82-87.
“Barbecue Sociology: The Meat of the Matter,” in Lolis Eric Elie (ed.), Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
"Florida: The Most Southern State?" in Forum: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, Spring 2003.
"Mock-Ridgewood Barbecue Sauce," in Amy Rogers (ed.), Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas. Charlotte: Novello Festival Press, 2003.
“Sociology of the South,” in Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda H. Mackethan (eds.), The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
"A View from the South," The American Enterprise, June 2002, 40-42. Reprinted as "Our Kind of Yankee," Wall Street Journal, 21 May 2002. Portion reprinted as "Northern Good Old Boys," Raleigh News & Observer, 29 June 2003. Reprinted in F. Siegel and J. Rosenberg, eds., Annual Editions: Urban Society, 11th ed. Guilford, Conn.: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2003.
"The Banner That Won't Stay Furled," Southern Cultures 8 (Spring 2002). Earlier version published as A Mississippi Face-Slapping Contest: The Many Meanings of the Confederate Flag. Institute of United States Studies, University of London, 2002. Reprinted in H. L. Watson and L. J. Griffin (eds.), Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader (UNC Press, 2008).
“Among the Baptists: Reflections of an East Tennessee Episcopalian," in John B. Boles (ed.), Autobiographical Reflections on Southern Religious History. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.
"Introduction" to Regionalism and the South: Selected Papers of Rupert Vance (with D. J. Singal; 1982) reprinted in Glenn Feldman (ed.), Reading Southern History: Interpreters and Interpretations. Tusacaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001.
"Capture the Flag, Part I" (reprinted from Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture), in Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters 24, no.1 (Winter 2001): 156-159.
"Southern Culture--On the Skids?" Atlanta History 4 (Winter 2001): 42-48.
"Why Has There Been No Race War in the American South?" in Daniel Chirot and Martin E. P. Seligman (eds.), Ethnopolitical Warfare: Causes, Consequences, and Possible Solutions. Washington: American Psychological Association, 2001.
"Brunswick (Georgia) Stew" and "Mouth-Watering Barbecue Sauce", in Fred W. Sauceman (ed.), Home and Away: A University Brings Food to the Table. Johnson City: East Tennessee State University, 2000.
“Introduction” to Kathryn Tucker Windham and Chip Cooper, Common Threads: Photographs and Stories From The South. CKM Press, 2000.
“The Man from New Orleans,” The Oxford American, November/December 2000, 102-107.
“Southern Discomfort: A Southerner Revisits Cool Hand Luke, AMC: American Movie Classics Magazine, November 2000, 4-6.
"Dixiology's False Dichotomies," in Lothar Hönnighausen (ed.), Regional Images and Regional Realities. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2000.
"The Decline (and Return?) of Localism," The American Enterprise, January 2000, 51-53. Excerpt reprinted: Washington Times, 13 January 2000.
"The Black and the Gray: An Interview with Tony Horwitz," Southern Cultures 4, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 5-15.
"Mixing in the Mountains," Southern Cultures 3, no. 4 (Winter 1997): 25-36.
"What's Southern about the South?" in Crimes of the Heart: Programme. Edinborough: Royal Lyceum Theatre, 1997.
"On the Agrarians' I'll Take My Stand," in David Perkins (ed.), Books of Passage: 27 North Carolina Writers on Books That Changed Their Lives. Asheboro, N.C.:Down Home Press, 1996.
"The 3 Souths," in Centennial Olympic Games: Official Souvenir Program. Atlanta: Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, 1996. Excerpt reprinted: News and Record (Greensboro), 21 September 1997. Abridged adaptation: "The South's Three Personas," The Public Perspective 9 (June/July 1998): 43-45. Reprinted: Southern Anthropologist 25, no.1 (Spring/Summer 1998):14-23.
"Flirting and Deferring: Southern Manners," in Digby Anderson (ed.), Gentility Recalled: "Mere" Manners and the Making of Social Order. Altrincham, Cheshire: Social Affairs Unit, 1996.
"`Millways' Remembered: A Conversation with Kenneth and Margaret Morland," Southern Cultures 1 (Winter 1995): 167-214. Reprinted: J. Kenneth Morland, Millways of Kent, new edition. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008.
"Poetic Gems" and "Precious Memories" (from Whistling Dixie), in Roy Blount, Jr., Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1994.
"Preaching the South," Southern Living, June 1994, 124-125.
"The Mind of the South and Southern Distinctiveness," in Charles W. Eagles (ed.), The Mind of the South: Fifty Years Later. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1992.
"Bubba Hubbub," Reason 24, no. 6 (November 1992): 45-47. Reprinted: Charlotte Observer, 1 November 1992.
"Evaluating the Readability of Informed Consent Forms Used in Contraceptive Clinical Trials" (with R. Rivera and D. Menius), International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 38 (July 1992):227-30.
"Continuity and Change in the Regional Stereotypes of Southern College Students, 1970-1987," Sociological Spectrum 11 (October-December 1991):369-77.
"The South's Mid-Life Crisis," Southern Humanities Review 25 (Spring 1991):125-35. Reprinted: Warren A. Nord and Annette Cox (eds.), Adventures in Ideas. Chapel Hill: Program in Humanities and Human Values, U. of N.C., 1991; John Lowe (ed.), Bridging Southern Cultures. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005.
"The South: What is It? Where is It?," in David Goldfield and Paul Escott (eds.), The South for New Southerners. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991. Reprinted: Festival of American Folklife, 1996: The American South. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1996. Abridged adaptation reprinted: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 26 May 1991; Washington Post, 2 December 1991.
"New South or No South?: Regional Culture in 2036," in Joseph Himes (ed.), The South Moves into Its Future. University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1991. Excerpt reprinted: Ideas (National Humanities Center) 5, no. 1 (1997):56-57.
"The Shrinking South and the Dissolution of Dixie" (with J. Kohl and C. Hanchette), Social Forces 69 (September 1990): 221-233. Map reprinted: "Fried Green Candidates," U.S. News and World Report, 9 March 1992.
"In Search of the Elusive Southerner," Southern Living, June 1990 (Silver Anniversary Issue), pp. 92-94. Reprinted: Document Sets for the South in U.S. History. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1991.
"Howard Odum and Regional Sociology," Sociological Spectrum 10 (April-June 1990):155-168.
Excerpt from Southerners: The Social Psychology of Sectionalism reprinted in Paul D. Escott and David R. Goldfield (eds.), Major Problems in the History of the American South, vol. 2 ("The New South"). Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1990.
Foreword to Robert P. Steed, Laurence W. Moreland, and Tod A. Baker (eds.), The Disappearing South? Studies in Regional Change and Continuity. University, Alabama:University of Alabama Press, 1990.
"Informed Consent," Society 27 (November‑December 1989): 25‑27.
"On Narrative and Sociology," Social Forces 68 (September 1989): 1‑14.
“‘Giddy Young Men’: A Counter‑Cultural Aspect of Victorian Anglo‑Catholicism,” in Craig Calhoun (ed.), Comparative Social Research (vol. 11: "Culture"). Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1989.
"Sports and Recreation" (with Benjamin Hunnicutt), "Gilley's," and "Southern Living," in C. R. Wilson and William Ferris (eds.), Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
“‘A Female Movement’: The Feminization of Nineteenth‑Century Anglo‑Catholicism,” Anglican and Episcopal History 57 (June 1988):199‑238.
“‘Ritualism Rampant in East London’: Anglo‑Catholicism and the Urban Poor,” Victorian Studies 31 (Spring 1988):375‑403.
"Playboy's Southern Exposure" (with A. Manuel and C. Wilson), in James Cobb and Charles R. Wilson (eds.), Perspectives on the American South: An Annual Review of Society, Politics and Culture, vol. IV. New York: Gordon & Breach, 1987.
"Too Good to Be False: An Essay in the Folklore of Social Science" (with G. Doss and J. Hurlbert), Sociological Inquiry 57 (Winter 1987):1‑11.
"Southern Public Opinion on the South's Quality of Life," in Commission on the Future of the South, Education, Environment and Culture: The Quality of Life in the South. Research Triangle Park, N.C.: Southern Growth Policies Board, 1986.
"Let Me Count the Ways: What to Make of Survey Research," Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, March 1986, 24‑26.
"How Southerners Gave Up Jim Crow" (with M. Black), New Perspectives (U.S. Commission on Civil Rights) 17, no. 4 (Fall 1985), 15‑19. See also: "Reed and Black Respond," New Perspectives 18, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 1986), 49.
"Anglo‑Catholicism as a Social Movement," Social Science Newsletter 70 (Spring 1985): 9‑14.
"The Prevailing South?" National Humanities Center Newsletter (Summer 1984), 1‑7.
"Up From Segregation," Virginia Quarterly Review 60 (Summer 1984):377‑93. Reprinted: Leonard Dinnerstein and Kenneth T. Jackson (eds.), American Vistas 1877 to the Present, fifth and later eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987 and later. Abridged adaptation reprinted: Baltimore Sun, 7 August 1984; Raleigh News and Observer, 12 January 1986.
"Minding the South," Southern Literary Journal 16 (Spring 1984):110‑17.
"Max Weber's Relatives and Other Distractions: Sociology in the South," in Merle Black and J. S. Reed (eds.), Perspectives on the American South: An Annual Review of Society, Politics and Culture, vol. II. New York: Gordon & Breach, Science Publishers, 1983.
"Life and Leisure in the New South," North Carolina Historical Review 60 (April 1983):172‑82.
"Cultural Choice Among Southerners: Seven Patterns" (with P. Marsden), American Behavioral Scientist 26 (March‑April 1983):479‑92.
"We, the Natives," Chronicles of Culture, September 1982, 27‑30.
"For Dixieland: The Sectionalism of I'll Take My Stand," in William C. Havard and Walter Sullivan (eds.), A Band of Prophets: The Nashville Agrarians After Fifty Years. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982.
"The South Faces Mid‑Life Crisis," University of North Carolina News Letter 67 (July 1982).
"American Regional Cultures and Differences in Leisure‑Time Activities" (with P. Marsden et al.), Social Forces 60 (June 1982):1023‑49.
"Grits and Gravy: Observations on the South's New Business and Professional People," in David A. Shannon (ed.), Southern Business: The Decades Ahead. Indianapolis: Bobbs‑Merrill, 1982. Reprinted: Family Medicine Review 1 (1982):192‑98.
“Blacks and Southerners: A Research Note" (with M. Black), Journal of Politics 44 (February 1982):165‑71.
"Below the Smith and Wesson Line: Reflections on Southern Violence," in Merle Black and J. S. Reed (eds.), Perspectives on the American South: An Annual Review of Society, Politics and Culture, vol. I. New York: Gordon & Breach, Science Publishers, 1981.
"How Not to Measure What a University Does," Chronicle of Higher Education 22, no. 12 (11 May 1981), 56. Reprinted: Temple Faculty Herald, 28 May 1981; Stephen H. Barnes (ed.), Points of View on American Higher Education, vol. 1 (“Professors and Scholarship”). Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1990; elsewhere.
"The Same Old Stand?" in Fifteen Southerners, Why the South Will Survive. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1981. Excerpt reprinted: Jack Bass and Thomas E. Terrill (eds.), The American South Comes of Age. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.
"Sex Discrimination? ‑‑ The XYZ Affair" (with C. Hoffman), The Public Interest, no. 62 (Winter 1981):21‑39. Reprinted: "The Strange Case of the XYZ Corporation," Across the Board 18, no. 4 (April 1981), 27‑38; James O'Toole et al. (eds.), Working: Changes and Choices. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1981; W. E. Block and M. A. Walker (eds.), Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity: An Economic and Social Perspective. Vancouver: Fraser Institute, 1982; Paul J. Baker (ed.), Social Problems: A Case Book. Belmont, Cal.: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1983. Also in Baker et al., Social Problems: A Critical Thinking Approach, 2nd ed. Wadsworth, 1991.
"Getting to Know You: The 'Contact Hypothesis' Applied to the Sectional Beliefs and Attitudes of White Southerners," Social Forces 59 (September 1980):123‑35.
"Sociology and Regional Studies in the United States," Ethnic and Racial Studies 3 (January 1980):40‑51. Excerpt previously published as "Whatever Became of Regional Sociology?" in H. Max Miller (ed.), Rural Sociology in the South: 1975. Athens: University of Georgia, Department of Sociology, 1975. Reprinted: Appalachian Journal 7 (Spring 1980):171‑79.
"Southerners," in Stephan Thernstrom (ed.), Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.
"Instant Grits and Plastic‑Wrapped Crackers: Southern Culture and Social Change," in Louis Rubin (ed.), The American South: Portrait of a Culture. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980. Overseas edition published by the Voice of America, 1979; second edition, 1992.
"Contributed boxes" on sampling, evaluating statistics, and quality‑of‑life measurement, in Earle R. Babbie, Society By Agreement: An Introduction to Sociology, first and subsequent eds. Belmont, Cal.: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1979 and later.
"Ethnicity in the South: Some Observations on the Acculturation of Southern Jews," Ethnicity 6 (1979):97‑106. Reprinted: Melvin Urofsky and Nathan Kaganoff (eds.), Turn to the South: Essays on Southern Jewry. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1979.
"A Fertility Reaction to a Historical Event: Southern White Birthrates and the 1954 Desegregation Ruling" (with R. Rindfuss and C. St. John), Science 201 (14 July 1978):178‑80. Reprinted: Frank Bean and Parker Frisbie (eds.), The Demography of Racial and Ethnic Groups. New York: Academic Press, 1978. See also: "Intervention Analysis: The Supreme Court and Hogan" (with R. Rindfuss, M. Salemi, and C. St. John), Demography 21 (November 1984):679‑82.
"Available Evidence on Public Attitudes toward Education." Appendix to On Further Examination: Report of the Advisory Panel on the Scholastic Aptitude Test Score Decline. Princeton: College Entrance Examination Board, 1977.
"The Heart of Dixie: An Essay in Folk Geography," Social Forces 54 (June 1976): 925‑39. Maps reprinted: Terry Jordan and Lester Rowntree, The Human Mosaic, second and subsequent eds. New York: Harper and Row, 1979 and later; Society for the North American Cultural Survey, This Remarkable Continent: An Atlas of North American Society and Cultures. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1982; Brad Edmondson, "From Dixie to Detroit," American Demographics, January 1987, 27 ff.
"Needles in Haystacks: Studying 'Rare' Populations by Secondary Analysis of National Sample Surveys," Public Opinion Quarterly 39 (Winter 1975‑76): 514‑22.
"New Problems, Old Resources: Continuity in Southern Culture," in Harold F. Kaufman, J.Kenneth Morland, and Herbert H. Fockler (eds.), Group Identity in the South: Dialogue Between the Technological and the Humanistic. Mississippi State University, 1975. Excerpt previously published in Proceedings of the Rural Sociology Section, Association of Southern Agricultural Workers, 1973.
"Summertime and the Livin' is Easy: The Quality of Life in the South," University of North Carolina News Letter 59 (December 1974), 1‑4. Reprinted: Alabama Business 45 (June 1975):2 ff.; Popular Government 43 (Summer 1977):25‑29; Sociological Inventory (sample issue, 1979), 61‑65; Southern Partisan 1 (January 1980):2‑6; Greensboro Daily News, 16 February 1975, E‑5; Columbus (Ga.) Enquirer, 13 January 1976, A‑4; elsewhere.
"Of Happiness and Despair We Have No Measure," The Living Church, 13 October 1974, 10 ff.
“‘The Cardinal Test of a Southerner’: Not Race but Geography,” Public Opinion Quarterly 37 (Summer 1973):232‑40.
"Can Attitudes Be Changed?" Lifelines: A Journal on Alcoholism, January 1973, 3 ff.
"The Peculiar Institution," The Alternative, January 1973, 16 ff.
"Can the South Show the Way?" National Review, 15 September 1972, 1088 ff.
"Lynching and Per Cent Black: A Test of Blalock's Theory," Social Forces 50 (March 1972):354‑60. See also: "Comment on Tolnay, Beck, and Massey," Social Forces 67 (March 1989):624-25.
“To Live ‑‑ and Die ‑‑ in Dixie: A Contribution to the Study of Southern Violence," Political Science Quarterly 86 (Summer 1971):429‑43. Reprinted: Jackwell Susman (ed.), Crime and Justice 1971‑72. New York: AMS Press, 1974.
"Continuing Distinctiveness in Southern Culture," University of North Carolina News Letter 55 (December 1970). Reprinted: Southern Journal (Fall 1972), 3 ff.; elsewhere.
"The Region That Won't Go Away: The Persistence of Southern Cultural Peculiarity," Research Previews 17 (November 1970):28‑33.
"'Black Matriarchy' Reconsidered: Evidence from Secondary Analysis of Sample Surveys" (with H. Hyman), Public Opinion Quarterly 33 (Fall 1969):346‑54. Reprinted: John H. Bracey, Jr., et al. (eds.), Black Matriarchy: Myth or Reality? Belmont, Cal.: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1971; Lawrence Rosen and Robert West (eds.), A Reader for Research Methods. New York: Random House, 1973; Richard Evans and Richard Rozelle (eds.), Social Psychology in Life, second edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1973.
"A Note on the Control of Lynching," Public Opinion Quarterly 33 (Summer 1969):268‑71. See also: "Reply to Tufte," Public Opinion Quarterly 33 (Winter 1969‑70):622‑26.
"An Evaluation of an Anti‑Lynching Organization" [Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching], Social Problems 16 (Fall 1968):172‑82. Reprinted: Donald R. McQueen (ed.), Understanding Sociology Through Research. Reading, Mass.: Addison‑Wesley Publishing Company, 1973.
Contributing Writer, The Oxford American (1999-2003).
Editor, True 'Cue News (May 2015- )
South Polls," quarterly in Southern Cultures (1993-2002).
Columnist for Brightleaf: A Southern Review of Books (1997-2000).
Column, "Letter from the Lower Right," in Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (1986-1994); reprinted as "Whistling Dixie," in Spectator (Raleigh, N.C.; 1992-94).
Essays, verse, and miscellaneous ephemera in The American Enterprise, American Jewish History, The American Spectator (formerly The Alternative); Atlanta Journal-Constitution; The Baker Street Journal; BrightleafA Southern Review of Books; Carolina Alumni Review; Chapelboro.com; The Critic (U. of N.C., Chapel Hill); Dixie Liberator (Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tenn. Divison); Endeavors (UNC-CH Office of Research Services); Footnotes (American Sociological Association); Greensboro News and Record; K‑News (Kaypro users' newsletter); Mandate (Prayer Book Society of the Episcopal Church); New York Times; Pig Tales (North Carolina Barbecue Society); Raleigh News and Observer; Raleigh Reporter; The Right Direction (Conservative Society of North Carolina); Scottish Affairs, Social Science News Letter; Southern Living; Southern Partisan; Southern Reader; Southern Sociologist; The Southerner; Square Talk (Birmingham, Ala.); VooDoo (M.I.T.); Wall Street Journal, Washington Times; Wilmington (N.C.) Sunday Star-News).
Book reviews in The American Enterprise; American Journal of Sociology; Appalachian Journal; Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (formerly Chronicles of Culture); Contemporary Sociology; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Georgia Historical Quarterly; Intercollegiate Review; International Review of Modern Sociology; Jerusalem Post Magazine; Journal of Southern History; National Review; Oxford American; Palm Beach Post; Phylon; Raleigh News and Observer; Reason; Reviews in Religion and Theology; St Catharine's College Society Magazine; Social Forces; Sociation (N.C. Sociological Association); Southern Cultures; Southern Magazine; Southwestern Historical Quarterly; Times Literary Supplement (London); Tobacco Observer; Wall Street Journal; Washington Monthly; Washington Post; Weekly Standard.