Looking for Meaning in All the Wrong Places: Country Music and the Politics of Identity*

  title={Looking for Meaning in All the Wrong Places: Country Music and the Politics of Identity*},
  author={Kenneth J. Meier},
  journal={Social Science Quarterly},
  • K. Meier
  • Published 11 November 2018
  • Sociology
  • Social Science Quarterly
Objective: This study argues that country music can be viewed in terms of identity politics that seeks to define an American identity. Methods: A textual analysis of country music songs is used to illustrate the various components of this American identity associated with the U.S. South and West. Results: Six key dimensions of the country music American identity are identified‐–the goodness of the common man, family values, patriotism, race, religion, and nostalgia. Dissenting views on… 
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