This Ain't My First Rodeo Essay

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Introduction One of the largest imagined communities in our nation-state, the United States of America, has culminated throughout history to now identify 72.4% of our current population (“State and County QuickFacts”). Whiteness, America’s largely imagined identity, is considered to be both a class and a racial identifier. Its “culture”, like all cultures, is highly dynamic and varies across space and time. I aim to either falsify or buttress the stereotypical norm of white, southern culture and their assumed adoration of western wear, country music and beer. To do so, I studied the community that frequents the establishment, Midnight Rodeo, a country western dance hall and bar.
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To submerge myself in participant observation I first had to learn the basics of the country music dance practice, the “two-step” and various line dances. Once I had sufficiently learned these essentials, I was able to conduct more effective and fluid interviews, and gain the trust and ensue ease of the interviewee. Under the Patton Model, I asked interviewees their personal history associated with country music and dance, and their feelings on the practice. It should be noted that to protect the identities of individuals of my research community, as well as condense similar interviews along with their analogous answers, I employ the use of condensed characters and pseudonyms within this ethnography.
Do they as a community dress and act similarly, or do social and class stratification have a hand in determining differences amongst them? How varied is the race compilation of this group? Is it true that southerners are overly hospitable? These are amongst the questions I pursued to answer through my research.
Race
Though race is theoretically rejected as a biological category in anthropological research, differences in phenotypes have created culturally constructed categories that are largely used to racially mark “white people”, as well as other “races”, in our society (Shanklin). Ethnicity is often wrongly

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