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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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Chapter Four: Policing in the Heat of Hypermasculinity:The Blue Polyester Curriculum and the Critical Education of a Southern Cop



Policing in the Heat of Hypermasculinity: The Blue Polyester Curriculum and the Critical Education of a Southern Cop


Tell about the South. What it’s like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.

—William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

In the South the war is what AD is elsewhere; they date from it.

—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

[T]he congregation giggled when it might have roared.…[W]hat is most troubling, then, is the laughter behind.

—Reta Ugena Whitlock (2007, p. 89)

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