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Tuesday, December 6 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
“Hillbilly” Stereotypes In Appalachian Early And Middle Childhood Literature

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Early and middle childhood is an integral time for the development and ability to identify and classify stereotypes. Into middle childhood the ability to identify stereotypes evolves into a complex multi-dimensional classification system. Past research has examined the perpetuation of racial and gendered stereotypes in children’s books, and explored the implications of these dynamics. This study seeks to identify patterns in the representation of another stigmatized group - the “hillbilly” - in children’s picture books that are set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to a diverse people, culture, and resources. With the emergence of industry in America, the local color movement, and the “idea of Appalachia” stereotypes surrounding mountain people were solidified, including the “hillbilly” stereotype that is still present in American culture today. Using a coding scheme that captures key elements of traditional hillbilly-role stereotypes, the author undertakes a content analysis of literature for early and middle childhood, published after 1960. Early findings suggest that in some of the books being analyzed there are representations of the “hillbilly” stereotype.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 1:20pm - 1:40pm
237 Zageir Hall