Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Life Histories in the Flatwoods: 1,000 Tiny Resistances to Power in Kinship Knowledge Networks in (an) Other Space
by Jasper, Debra Elaine, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2008, 235; 10631019
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines how the Appalachian region has been portrayed as a contaminating threat to the symbolic order, a place that undoes cultural taboos and destabilizes borders between normal and abnormal, insider and outsider, marginal and center. It explores how Appalachia has been performed as an abject body—a hillbilly caricature, a deviant, marginalized Other. As well, it looks at the model of Appalachia as an internal colony and how that position constructed particular Appalachian identities. It then moves beyond the colonization model and examines where Appalachia is situated in a postmodern, post-colonial world and how boundaries of Appalachia are fluid and slippery. Further, this research explores storytelling in Appalachia and probes re-collections, blurred memories and stories of microresistances. It uses an interpretive lens to explore the way natives of the Flatwoods in Kentucky, in particular, tell stories of resistance that are often overlooked when resistance is more narrowly viewed as that which is a collective political struggle. To analyze the reasons behind such microresistances, it examines how resistance theory has been constructed, studied, overstated, criticized and utilized to determine the complex ways people make sense of their lives and resist or conform to forces such as surveillance, punishment and power networks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lather, Patti
Commitee: Ballengee-Morris, Christine, Batte, Marvin, Lather, Patti, Shuman, Amy
School: The Ohio State University
Department: Educational Policy and Leadership
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Folklore, History, Sociology
Keywords: Appalachia, Foucault, Microresistance, Resistance, Surveillance
Publication Number: 10631019
ISBN: 978-0-355-01324-5
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