Localized Character: Building Community and Modeling Authenticity and Integrity

  • Andrew Jones University of Dubuque
Keywords: Authenticity, Integrity, Local, independent bookstores, farmers market, record store, small business, community, autonomy, buy local


Globalization has placed the souls of our cities in jeopardy. However, by embracing the ideas and practices of the “local” movement, we can begin to develop character by strengthening our communities as places to model authenticity and integrity.

Author Biography

Andrew Jones, University of Dubuque
Andrew Jones grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned a B.A. in English and did graduate work in American Literature at California State University, East Bay before completing his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His writing has appeared in publications such as The Tishman Review, Hobart, Sierra Nevada Review, and Poetry Midwest, among others. He is currently Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Dubuque.