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The South: Culture and History: The Redneck Stereotype

This library guide is designed for researchers studying any topics related to the South's culture and history.


Academic Search Premier--start searching here, this is a great general database.

America: History and Life--articles about the history of rednecks as a social class in the south.

Communication & Mass Media Complete --articles about the redneck icon in media (advertising, film, TV, etc.)

Communication Studies: A SAGE Full-Text Collection--more articles about the redneck icon in media.

Gender Watch--gender implications of the redneck stereotype.

JSTOR--good for rednecks in history and politics.

The Redneck: A Southern Stereotype

The redneck is a colloquial term for poor Southern farmers.  Allegedly, the name came about because farmers were bent over their plow all day and had sunburned necks. 

The redneck has become an icon in popular culture.  For example, comedian Jeff Foxworthy has utilized the redneck stereotype heavily in his acts and literature: You might be a redneck if...

Scholars have published a great deal about the redneck stereotype.  The resources on this page can help you study the redneck stereotype from historical, literary, economic, and communications perspectives.

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