Millways of Kent

Overview

The Kent Trilogy, consisting of Blackways of Kent (1955), Millways of Kent (1958), and the previously unpublished Townways of Kent, forms a remarkable southern ethnography that maps the social stratification of the Piedmont mill town of York, South Carolina, in the late 1940s, after the effects of the Great Depression and preceding the coming civil rights era. In 1946 the University of North Carolina's Institute for Research in Social Science commissioned a series of southern community studies under the direction...
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Overview

The Kent Trilogy, consisting of Blackways of Kent (1955), Millways of Kent (1958), and the previously unpublished Townways of Kent, forms a remarkable southern ethnography that maps the social stratification of the Piedmont mill town of York, South Carolina, in the late 1940s, after the effects of the Great Depression and preceding the coming civil rights era. In 1946 the University of North Carolina's Institute for Research in Social Science commissioned a series of southern community studies under the direction of anthropologist John Gillin from which these volumes resulted.

This Southern Classics edition is expanded with a new preface by John Shelton Reed on the origins and impact of the Kent Trilogy and a new introduction by Dan Huntley assessing the lasting importance of Morland's telling case study. The volume is further supplemented with a 1995 interview with Morland and his wife detailing their experiences with the "Kent" research and including photographs from the period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570037269
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Southern Classics
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kenneth Morland (1916-2005) was a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The son of a York textile mill owner, Dan Huntley is a columnist for the Charlotte Observer.
John Shelton Reed is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and cofounder of the Center for the Study of the American South.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Series Editors' Preface     xi
New Preface   John Shelton Reed     xiii
New Introduction   Dan Huntley     xix
Foreword to the First Edition   John Gillin     xxix
Preface to the First Edition     xxxv
Studying the Mill-Village Subculture     1
The Setting of the Mill Subculture     11
Cotton Mill as King: Economic Life     28
Kinship as Security: Family Life     54
Learning the Millways: Education     82
Sin and Salvation: Religion     105
Using Leisure Time     152
Town, Country, and Mill     173
Ranking within the Mill Class     206
Personality Development in the Subculture     227
Trends and Prospects     252
Schedule     263
The Story of My Life     265
What God Says about You     272
Summary Comparison of Culture Patterns     275
Afterword: A Conversation with Kenneth and Margaret Morland   John Shelton Reed     281
Index     319

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