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Unwhite : Appalachia, race, and film

Meredith McCarroll (Author)
Appalachia resides in the American imagination at the intersections of race and class in a very particular way, in the tension between deep historic investments in seeing the region as "pure white stock" and as deeply impoverished and backward. Meredith McCarroll's Unwhite analyzes the fraught location of Appalachians within the southern and American imaginaries, building on studies of race in literary and cinematic characterizations of the American South. Not only do we know what "rednecks" and "white trash" are, McCarroll argues, we rely on the continued use of such categories in fashioning our broader sense of self and other. Further, we continue to depend upon the existence of the region of Appalachia as a cultural construct. As a consequence, Appalachia has long been represented in the collective cultural history as the lowest, the poorest, the most ignorant, and the most laughable community. McCarroll complicates this understanding by asserting that white privilege remains intact while Appalachia is othered through reliance on recognizable nonwhite cinematic stereotypes
eBook, English, 2018
The University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 2018
Electronic books
1 online resource (1 volume)
9780820353371, 082035337X
1056619114
Introduction
Hillbilly as American Indian
Appalachian woman as mammy
Mountain migrant as Mexican migrant
Appalachia and documentary
Appendix: Appalachian types in cinema