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Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

Anthony Harkins


This book examines the evolution of one of the most pervasive and enduring American icons from the 18th-century to the present day. Spanning film, literature, and the entire expanse of American popular culture, from comics to country music to television and the Internet, the book argues that the longevity of the hillbilly stems from its ambiguity as a marker of both social derision and regional pride. Typically associated with Appalachia or the Ozarks, the “hillbilly” was viewed by mainstream Americans simultaneously as a violent degenerate who threatens the social order, and as a keeper of tr ... More

Keywords: popular culture, Hillbilly, Whiteness, stereotype, ambiguity, mountaineers, Appalachia, Ozarks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189506
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Harkins, author
Western Kentucky University
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