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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.
|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|