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

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

by Mary L. Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814731937

ISBN-13: 9780814731932

Pub. Date: 08/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

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

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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 Clubs, Out in the Country offers an unprecedented contemporary account of the lives of today’s rural queer youth. Mary L. Gray maps out the experiences of young people living in small towns across rural Kentucky and along its desolate Appalachian borders, providing a fascinating and often surprising look at the contours of gay life beyond the big city. Gray illustrates that, against a backdrop of an increasingly impoverished and privatized rural America, LGBT youth and their allies visibly—and often vibrantly—work the boundaries of the public spaces available to them, whether in their high schools, public libraries, town hall meetings, churches, or through websites. This important book shows that, in addition to the spaces of Main Street, rural LGBT youth explore and carve out online spaces to fashion their emerging queer identities. Their triumphs and travails defy clear distinctions often drawn between online and offline experiences of identity, fundamentally redefining our understanding of the term ‘queer visibility’ and its political stakes. Gray combines ethnographic insight with incisive cultural critique, engaging with some of the biggest issues facing both queer studies and media scholarship. Out in the Country is a timely and groundbreaking study of sexuality and gender, new media, youth culture, and the meaning of identity and social movements in a digital age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814731932
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Intersections Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
293
Sales rank:
1,335,505
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Never Met a Stranger
1 Introduction: There Are No Queers Here
Part I: Queers Here? Recognizing the Familiar Stranger
2 Unexpected Activists: Homemakers Club and Gay Teens at the Local Library
3 School Fight! Local Struggles over National Advocacy Strategies
4 From Wal-Mart to Websites: Out in Public
Part II: Queering Realness
5 Online Profiles: Remediating the Coming-Out Story
6 To Be Real: Transidentification on the Discovery Channel
7 Conclusion: Visibility Out in the Country
Epilogue: You Got to Fight for Your Right . . . to Marry?
Appendix: Methods, Ad-hoc Ethics, and the Politics of Sexuality Studies
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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