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ERIC Number: EJ918995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
"You "Might" Be a Redneck "if"..." Boundary Work among Rural, Southern Whites
Shirley, Carla D.
Social Forces, v89 n1 p35-61 Sep 2010
Using 42 in-depth interviews with rural, Southern whites in Mississippi, I examine the intra-racial boundary work respondents use to construct their regional and racial identities in relation to other whites in their communities, particularly "rednecks". I find that "rednecks" are defined and categorized in multiple ways based on the respondents' conceptions of Southerners, social statuses (i.e., age, gender, class and residential history), and intra-racial comparisons around these social characteristics. Primarily, they draw intra-racial distinctions to separate themselves from negative characterizations and to claim positive associations with being rural, Southern whites. Nonetheless, the multi-faceted intra-racial boundary work around "redneck" maintains the general hegemony of whiteness by marginalizing "lesser whites" and forms of whiteness and claiming an ideal type of whiteness that is considered untainted, normative and superior. (Contains 10 notes and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi