White Soul: Country Music, the Church, and Working Americans

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Overview

White Soul examines the social, political, and religious foundations of country music as the soul music of white, working-class Americans.

Country music gives voice to an economically battered subculture of hard-living and hard-working people who find self-expression in the music of honky-tonks and heartaches. It celebrates the "wild side of life" as a form of populist anarchism and escapist festivity. This unusual medley of sociology, theology, and country music history is also a compelling critique of the elitism of "good taste" in the dominant culture.

Tex Sample challenges the church to reach out to working-class people, who have often been ignored and demeaned by churches held captive to the tastes and lifestyles of the upper middle class.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687032938
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,095,569
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Tex Sample is a free lance lecturer, workshop leader and preacher. He serves as the coordinator of The Network for the Study of U.S. Lifestyles. From 1967-1999 he was the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor of Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: White Soul 11
Pt. 1 The Politics of Taste
Ch. 1 Rowdy and Loud at the Twist and Shout: Working-Class Taste 27
Ch. 2 Elitist Taste and the Politics of Aesthetics 41
Pt. 2 Music as Traditions
Ch. 3 Foundations, Turtles, and Music as Traditions 57
Ch. 4 You Wrote My Life: The Goods of Country Music 69
Pt. 3 The Contradictions and the Politics of Resistance in Country Music
Ch. 5 Tradition, Modernity, and the Wild Side of Life 81
Ch. 6 Defiance, Love, Gender, and Race 97
Ch. 7 Country Music and the Politics of Resistance 110
Ch. 8 Traditional Politics and Populist Anarchism 121
Pt. 4 The Implications for the Church
Ch. 9 The Church as a Community of Resistance 137
Ch. 10 The "Trashy" Church 153
Ch. 11 Doing Theology with Country Music 163
App A'Pickin' and A'Sangin': A Short History of Country Music 176
Notes 187
Index 204
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