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Appalachia in Regional ContextPlace Matters$
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Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175324

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175324.001.0001

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Buckwild Mad Men

Buckwild Mad Men

Necropolitics and Masculinity in Appalachia

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Appalachia in Regional Context

Carol Mason

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the depiction of masculinity in two early twenty-first-century representations of Appalachia: the short-lived reality show Buckwild and Rebecca Scott’s Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields. Both texts offer portraits of men contending with their vanishing ways of life. The author analyzes these representations as depictions that shape ideas of manhood and proposes necropolitics as a framework for theorizing coal war fields of a globalized economy. The chapter thereby takes “place” as a matrix of meanings that includes racialized, classed, and gendered politics of space, and the social identities emerging from those configured areas.

Keywords:   masculinity, necropolitics, race, media, coal, globalization, Buckwild, Mad Men

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