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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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. Gender Deviance and Class Rebellion in “Redneck Woman”

. Gender Deviance and Class Rebellion in “Redneck Woman”

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(p.107) 3. Gender Deviance and Class Rebellion in “Redneck Woman”
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Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
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Nadine Hubbs

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280656.003.0004

Chapter 3, “Gender Deviance and Class Rebellion in ‘Redneck Woman,’ “ uses Wilson's blockbuster single to demonstrate some of the ways in which working-class subjectivity is modeled in country's music and lyrics. It also listens closely to intersections of class and gender and to the antibourgeois resistance that is in much country music. Examining layered references in sounds, text, and video images, I read “Redneck Woman” as a gender and class manifesto that outsmarts the pitfalls and double binds attending its narrator's doubly devalued identity position. I argue that the song calls attention to gender's contingency on class—particularly the dominant culture's exclusion of the working-class “Virile Female” from respectable femininity. In the case of “Redneck Woman,” all this is accomplished in a musically compelling three-and-a-half-minute track.

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

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