- Series: Intersections
- Paperback: 293 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814731937
- ISBN-13: 978-0814731932
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (Intersections) 1st Edition
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“Gray’s ethnography allows us an in-depth look at GLBT young people in the southeastern United States. Gray’s book should be read by anyone who works with rural GLBT youth, and those interested in learning about an under-represented, but not invisible, population.”
“Young queer people living in rural areas face numerous challenges, to be sure. But they creatively use new media and other strategies to find one another, as Gray shows so well. Out in the Country challenges preconceptions about both gender and sexual nonconformity in rural America.”
“We still know far too little about the experiences of queer youth, especially those who live in small towns and farming communities. Gray’s pioneering work will do much to cure our ignorance, as she takes us along on an engaging exploration of queer teenagers caught in the crosswinds of commercial media culture and local societal and political beliefs.”
-Larry Gross,author of Up From Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America
“Out in the Country succeeds insofar as it turns our attention toward the unique set of challenges faced by queer rural youth as they try to reconcile where they live with who they love.”
“In this deft, smart ethnography, Gray not only brings to life the intricacies of rural queer existence, but also dislodges conventional assumptions about gay media visibility, queer identities, and the closet. As friendly, articulate, and challenging as its subjects, Out in the Country is a major contribution to both sexuality and media scholarship.”
“Out in the Country promises to excite and ignite our critical imaginations as it pushes us to reckon with the complexity of queer lives away from the urban spotlight. Gray has done a stupendous job in bringing these stories to light, and in analyzing them with such warmth, humor, and insight.”
“Out in the Country gives hope that times are changing, highlighting the lives of today’s rural queer youth through a series of case studies focusing on the efforts of advocates to increase gay visibility. Informative and insightful—you’ll be surprised by what you find!”-MIX Word
About the Author
Mary L. Gray is Associate Professor in The Media School, Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies, and an Adjunct in American Studies and Anthropology at Indiana University. She is also a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. She is the author of In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth and Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America.
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who may deal with young adults. As an actual gay person who actually lives in a rural area, it sounded like a great read. Many fascinating events and pioneering pro gay educators were mentioned in the author's research. Then the author would draw her own conclusions, which are are lengthy and repetitive causing your eyes to glaze over.
I enjoyed detouring the therapist-speak to read words and deeds of actual gay folk out here in the trenches. Out in the Country is an important work, but aimed at professionals. Really Out in the Country would be wonderful if she published much more of the experiences of the youth she interviewed in their own words.
And the cover is great except no one in the country has a paved driveway!
We also assume that anyone gay will leave the country immediately. No self respecting gay man or woman could stay in a rural place where they are hated and there is no support. Homosexuality and queer gender identity have no place in the country.
Out in the Country is an ethnography and cultural exploration of gay youth in Appalachia and rural Kentucky. It flips normal expectations about being gay and being rural on its head. While still an academic work and a cogent exploration of the gay cultural anthropology which came before this one, the author, Mary Gray writes poetically about the struggle for equality and personal identity in the small towns of Kentucky.
I enjoyed reading about a local homemakers club which endeavored to present a forum for gay youth at the local public library and a gay drag show in the aisles of Wal-mart. One chapter in the book was devoted to how gay youth use the internet to connect and to understand coming out vis a vis their own personal identity.
Of course an anthropological look at rural gay youth is not going to come away with only cheerful or moral endings. Nothing in life has easy answers and no stories are necessarily ended happily or rightly. Gay people in the country do face challenges and battles to end discrimination, but they do everywhere. This book really helps to delve deeper into a place and a situation which is badly misunderstood and often stereotyped. In our age of culture wars and red states and blue states any narrative or study that helps us to think more fully about a place and a time is a welcome gift.
The book should not be taken for fact but looked upon as a starting point for questions about the region that scholars should answer and study unbiased.
I would write more but I'd rather not use profanity.
Don't waste your money.