My concluding “Outro” section considers treatments of LGBTQ themes in recent country songs and their relations to rural, as well as working-class, social codes. Current research on rural sociality describes it in terms resembling those of working-class sociality—terms that resonate with messages that recur frequently in country music. All of this points to practices of social and sexual tolerance different from—but no less valid than—middle-class recognition politics. My closing underscores the intellectual, moral, and political stakes of recognizing perspectives, values, and tastes beyond those of the dominant culture of the middle class.
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