Critical Studies of Southern Place: A Reader, William Reynolds, Ed.

Critical Studies of Southern Place: A Reader

William Reynolds, Ed.

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Critical Studies of Southern Place: A Reader

Peter Lang USA synopsis:

Critical Studies of Southern Place: A Reader critically investigates and informs the construction of Southernness, Southern identity, and the South past and present. It promotes and expands the notion of a Southern epistemology. Authors from across the South write about such diverse topics as Southern working-class culture; LGBT issues in the South; Southern music; Southern reality television; race and ethnicity in the South; religion in the South; sports in the South; and Southernness. How do these multiple interpretations of popular culture within critical conceptualizations of place enhance our understandings of education? Critical Studies of Southern Place investigates the connections between the critical examination of place-specific culture and its multiple connections with education and pedagogy. This important book fills a significant gap in the scholarly work on the ramifications of place. Readers will be able to center the importance of place in their own scholarship and cultural work as well as be able to think deeply about how Southern place affects us all.

Table of Contents

William M. Reynolds: Preface: Old Times There are Not Forgotten

Jennifer Beech: The Pedagogic Function of Work(ing-Class) Stories: An Exploration of Culture in the Deep South

Faith Agostinone-Wilson: Class Warfare: You’d Better Redneckognize

Randall Hewitt: Southern Satellite

Frank G. Jordan Jr.: Policing in the Heat of Hypermasculinity: The Blue Polyester Curriculum and the Critical Education of a Southern Cop

Henry A. Giroux: Drowning Democracy: The Media, Neoliberalism and the Politics of Hurricane Katrina

William M. Reynolds: Redneck Piece of White Trash: Southern Rebels and Music: Epistemologies of Class, Masculinity, and Race Identity

Robert Lake: Diddley Bows, Cross Harps, Banjars and Backbeats: The Rhythm and Sound of Personal Agency from Southern African America

Lalenja Harrington: Banjos and Shit: Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledge and the «Hermeneutics of Minstrelsy»

Tricia M. Kress: «Why Do They All Have ‘Powers’?» De/Constructing Southern «Otherness» in True Blood

Wayne Partridge: The Averted Gaze: Representations of Race and the American South in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

Eleanor Blair: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Moonshiners, and Duck Dynasty: The Intersection of Popular Culture and a Southern Place

Karen C. Collier: Dirt Roads and Narrow Minds: Visual Media’s Queering of the American South

Mark Vicars: Subaltern Desires: Queer (in) Southern Story Lines: Looking at Movies and the Queering of/in the South

David P. Owen, Jr.: Duck Dynasty Is a TV Show: The Outdoors and Southern Identity

David M. Callejo Pérez: In the Shadows of the New South: Latinos and Modern Southern Apartheid

Derrick M. Tennial: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Unspoken Policy of the African American Church in the South

Karen Anijar-Appleton: Paula Deen and Those Days of White Magnolias with Bitter Tea

Theodorea Regina Berry: Reimagining Race: Teaching and Learning in an Urban Southern Elementary School

P. L. Thomas: Educated and Educating in the Post–Civil Rights-Era South: A Critical Memoir*

Brandon L. Sams: Reasons for Moving: Reading Lessons from Southern-Sacred Textuality

Consuela Ward: Purgatory’s Place in the South: A Black Woman’s Journey from Church to the Promised Land

Shirley R. Steinberg: Treasures and Ghosts: In the South, Nothing Is Just Black and White

Donald R. Livingston/Sharon M. Livingston: Yes Sir, Yes Ma’am, and the Ritual of Spanking: The Curriculum of Respect in the South

Leila E. Villaverde/Roymieco A. Carter/Dana M. Stachowiak: Visual Landscapes, Literacies, and Place: The South (Re)seen

Douglas McKnight: Of Time and River: How Place Racialized My Course in Life

Mark Helmsing: Grotesque Stories, Desolate Voices: Encountering Histories and Geographies of Violence in Southern Gothic’s Haunted Mansions

Elisabeth Blumer Hardy: Pageant Culture, Media, Social Class and Power

Natalie Adams/James Adams: «We All Came Together on the Football Field»: Unpacking the Blissful Clarity of a Popular Southern Sports Story

Hunter Chadwick: High-Priced Sports: Parents, Sports, and the South

Nichole A. Guillory: Finding My Place In/Against a Peculiar Institution

Kamden K. Strunk, Lucy E. Bailey, and William C. Takewell: «The Enemy in the Midst»: Gay-Identified Men in Christian College Spaces

Joshua Moon Johnson: Gay and Queer Men of Color at Southern Universities

Lemuel W. Watson: The World Through My Eyes: A Rural Southern Boy Comes of Age.

* Chapter compiled and adapted from the following posts:

Segregated South Rises Again

“Disaster Capitalism,” “Kids in Prison Program” Justified?

Passive Radicals: The Manufactured Myth

A Call for Non-Cooperation: So that Teachers Are Not Foreigners in Their Own Profession


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