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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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. Sounding the Working-Class Subject

. Sounding the Working-Class Subject

(p.51) 2. Sounding the Working-Class Subject
Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music

Nadine Hubbs

University of California Press

Chapter 2, “Sounding the Working-Class Subject,” contests the assumptions of a universal middle-class culture and argues for the existence of a distinct working-class culture. A substantial portion of the chapter is devoted to fleshing out the particular character of working-class culture and the ways in which country music gives voice to it. I analyze selected country songs in connection with an account of contemporary white working-class culture and subjectivity developed from a body of empirical research. My song analyses identify values that recur frequently in country music, including “being country,” walking the walk, implicit communication, and community-oriented individualism (or “sociocentrism”), and I identify parallels between these themes and working-class values and repertoires, as delineated by empirical research.

Keywords:   Redneck Woman, gender, Virile Female, devalued, identity, class, respectable, intersection, antibourgeois, resistance

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