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Space and Place

Daniel S. Margolies


This project investigates how the myriad discourses of migration and globalization have become manifest graphically across social spaces and street graphics in the contemporary American South. In explosions of color and juxtaposition, this digital collection documents some of the significant ways the large and unprecedented Latino migration to the South has transformed and shaped visual spaces and street graphics in this new borderland of cultures.

It is a well established axiom of cultural geography that ordinary landscapes have cultural meaning, and globalization and transnational studies continue to uncover new hybrid cultures and ways of being in the world within these scapes. Using selected urban and rural areas of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee as case studies, this project explores the Latino transformation of visual spaces in the South and present the emergence of a new cultural geography in the region.

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Collinsville Taqueria


These photographs were taken with the support of a Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and Virginia Wesleyan College.

This webpage is sponsored by the Tocqueville Seminar at the University of Richmond. Site design by Nathan Altice at the Digital Scholarship Lab (with PHP assistance from Rob Nelson). Thanks to David Desandro's Isotope plug-in, Slimbox 2, and HTML5 Boilerplate. All images are copyrighted and can be used only with permission. For more information on the project and permissions please contact Dan Margolies.