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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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James Adams is an associate professor in adult education and workforce development at Mississippi State University. His research interests focus on diversity in the workplace, the impact of welfare reform on technical training for the workforce, and critical pedagogy in workforce development and adult education. His current research on the desegregation of public schools in Mississippi stems from his personal experiences as a student in Mississippi during the late 1960s with a father who was a principal and later superintendent and a mother who was a teacher—both of whom were involved with the actual implementation of desegregation in their respective schools.

Natalie Adams is a professor in social and cultural studies in education and director of New College at the University of Alabama. Her research interests focus on the ways in which the informal curriculum and extracurricular activities shape the raced, gendered, and classed identities of middle and high school girls. Like her coauthor and husband James Adams, Natalie, too, has a personal interest in the desegregation of public schools: She was a third-grade student in Louisiana when court-enforced desegregation took place, and her parents refused to move her to the newly segregated private school for whites only. She, too, comes from a family of teachers and superintendents. Together, Natalie and James have published in the Journal of Career and Technical Education, the Journal of Critical Educational Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Vocational Education and Training, and contributed to two edited books, Crafting...

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