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Critical Studies of Southern Place

A Reader


Edited By William M. Reynolds

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.
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This book is the work of many devoted scholars trying to understand the South. I am grateful for their participation and work on this project. It is also the result of many conference presentations and discussions. I want to thank Shirley Steinberg for our conversations about the South and life in general, particularly when I was teaching with her at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2013, as well as her help in getting this work published. Wendy Chambers’ photography continues to capture wonderful images of the South, and I am so glad she is willing to share those images. Chris Myers continues to be supportive of my efforts and tells great stories. I appreciate that. Additional thanks go to the production team at Peter Lang, Phyllis Korper, Stephen Mazur, and Sophie Appel. I would like to thank the superb copy editor for great work. And to my wife Susan, I promise I will wear earphones from now on when I play Southern white trash country music.

Permission graciously granted by Sense Publishers for: “Treasures and Ghosts: In the South, Nothing Is Just Black and White.” In K. Hayes, S. Steinberg, & K. Tobin (Eds.), Key Works in Critical Pedagogy: Joe L. Kincheloe (pp. 27–49). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense. ← xv | 1 →

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