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All That Is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region
In the American imagination, the word Appalachia designates more than a geographical region. It evokes fiddle tunes, patchwork quilts, split-rail fences, and all the other artifacts that decorate a cherished romantic region of the American mind. David Whisnant challenges this view of Appalachia (and consequently this broader imaginitive tendency) by exploring connections b ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 4th 1995 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published September 1st 1981)
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Aug 22, 2007 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Appalachian studies readers; critical race theory readers; working class studies readers
Although I'm a Marxist reader, Whisnant's argument is too dismissive of cultural approaches to Appalachian studies. He seems to argue that there is no Appalachia--it's all in people's heads because it's "JUST" a cultural construction. HELLO???? Are there any identities that are NOT "just" cultural constructions??? That part of his argument is baloney. Still, his examination of how Appalachian identity has been influenced and manipulated by missionaries, capitalists, eugenicists, labor organizers ...more
David Whisnant’s All that is native & fine is an insightful, thorough, and delightfully readable investigation into the “politics of culture” at play in the “systematic cultural intervention[s]” carried out by culture workers in early 20th century Appalachia. Using three case studies, the author reveals the many ways in which well-meaning interventions relied upon romantic, ethnocentric, and socio-culturally selective visions of “traditional folk culture” that resulted in the “rescue,” “pres ...more
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