Most people unfamiliar with Appalachian culture perceive the Appalachian population as a homogeneous entity, one lacking in diversity and reflective of backwoods stereotypes. Oftentimes, when people think of the Appalachian region or Appalachian culture, the image of the hillbilly comes to mind. Pop culture, through films like Deliverance and reality TV shows like Buckwild and Moonshiners, has helped perpetuate the notion that the Appalachian region is populated solely by uneducated and untamed Caucasians. However, true Appalachia is made up of a diverse and complex range of subcultures. Spanning an area from New York to Alabama, the Appalachian region is home to a plethora of vibrant communities, each of which has its own unique and colorful history. Appalachia is an amalgamation of cultural and racial identities. Among these are Native Americans, the Scotch-Irish, and Affrilachians, to name but a few. Our poster presentation seeks to demonstrate the diversity of Appalachia through statistical and literary evidence that embodies the experience of these marginalized groups popular media has neglected to represent accurately or fairly.
Leah W DeAloia
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Appalachian Subcultures" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1593.