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Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music$
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Nadine Hubbs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280656

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280656.001.0001

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. Anything but Country

. Anything but Country

(p.23) 1. Anything but Country
Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music

Nadine Hubbs

University of California Press

Chapter 1, “Anything but Country” (along with parts of chapter 2), examines the dynamics of the dislike of country music and the prevalence, since about 1970, of representations of both country music and the white working class in terms of political conservatism and racial and sexual bigotry. The chapter analyzes several commonplace, contemporary cultural representations of a monolithic white working class driven by bigotry. These representations often use country music as proxy for the working-class bigot. I also highlight the professional middle class's role as the narrating class in America's knowledge economy, interpreting and narrating all levels of American life—including working-class existence—in academic, media, and other channels.

Keywords:   dislike, conservatism, racial, sexual, bigot, white working class, professional middle class, narrating class, media

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