Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Old Deery Inn & Museum: An Ethnographic Case Study
by Proffitt, Rebecca, M.A., East Tennessee State University, 2017, 149; 13830190
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis uses qualitative ethnographic research methods to present a case study that explores the multiplicity of meanings and representations that are attached to the Old Deery Inn & Museum in Blountville, Tennessee. Within the community, the Inn functions as a center for cultural memory, with the physical structure itself acting as an artifact that holds community identity. This community narrative contrasts with the official narrative used by tourism entities that markets the Inn as a part of the Appalachian region, situating the Inn within a complex and intricately constructed identity of place that is shaped by lived experiences as well as perceived cultural markers. By unraveling the narratives, this study unpacks the ways that the Inn’s various identities figure into the development of current interpretation and management efforts, and the way that this locally important historical site fits into the larger narrative of tourism marketing in East Tennessee.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Olson, Nate
Commitee: Fletcher, Rebecca Adkins, Olson, Nate, Roach, Roan, Titon, Jeff
School: East Tennessee State University
Department: Appalachion Studies
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, Regional Studies
Keywords: Appalachian studies, Community, Critical regionalism, History, Museum, Tourism
Publication Number: 13830190
ISBN: 978-0-438-79127-5
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