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Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America

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Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Monograph from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists

Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association, Sociology of Sexualities Section

Winner of the 2010 Congress Inaugural Qualitative Inquiry Book Award Honorable Mention

From Wal-Mart drag parties to renegade Homemaker's Cl
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Paperback, 279 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by New York University Press (first published 2009)
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Elevate Difference
The town I grew up in—Athens, Georgia (pop. 100,266)—is generally known for two things: indie music (a la REM, Elephant 6, and Kindercore) and the University of Georgia, both of which play a major role in maintaining the town's liberal leanings. However, Athens doesn't lean too far. It's still a place where college football dominates from Labor Day to Christmas, and if you're not in church on Sunday morning, you are assumed to be riddled with sin.

Coming up in an environment rife with contradicti
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laaaaames
I love THE CONCEPT of this book a lot. But honestly the book spent more time telling why things were significant than just covering significant things. Also Gray seemed to be really happy twisting our expectations, but at times this seemed to bias her findings - or at least SEEMED to. Probably there IS plenty in rural America that's exactly what you'd expect out of it.

We spent time with such a limited number of people, and there didn't seem to be a lot of DEPTH in that time spent, except perhaps
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Sally Kenney
A little dense, and some concepts are not fully developed, but Out in the Country is nonetheless an important theoretical intervention. Gray decenters the politics of visibility, gay marriage, and urban areas for the LGBT movement. She smashes stereotypes about both queer youth and the passivity of media use. Her methods section should be a call to arms against IRB.
Marissa
A bit dense and not a quick read, but the author raises & explores a lot of important points and has a good youth-positive perspective. Definitely recommend, especially if you tend to have an urban-centric view of culture.
Lakulin
Though my expectations ran much higher based on the pre- and reviews by leading American Media Scholars, I do have to concede that this an important study, long overdue and hopefully triggering further research.
Michael
A must read for anyone interested in rurality, youth culture, gender and sexuality, or ethnography
Alyx
Probably the most important book I'll read this year.
Matt
Solid but perhaps overly academic, not an easy read.
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Mary L. Gray is a Professor of Communication and Culture at the University of Indiana.
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