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Alabama getaway; the political imaginary and the Heart of Dixie.


Alabama getaway; the political imaginary and the Heart of Dixie.

Tullos, Allen.

U. of Georgia Press


364 pages



Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South


Alabama, the former seat of the Confederacy, is one of the country's most conservative states and one of the poorest. Many in the state have grown tired of the state's reputation as a proving ground for theocrats, creationists, and trigger-happy racists. Author Tullos, a native of Alabama and a professor of American studies at Emory University, examines the public face of Alabama in the 21st century to see how the state is regarded in the minds of residents, visitors, and observers. The author uses the term Heart of Dixie, a phrase used by the state itself, to designate a retrograde political imaginary, at odds with efforts to extend social justice. As one of its narrative threads, the book explores the re-imaging of the state as a global player. The book is informed by the critical justice theory of Iris Marion Young and the ideas of philosopher Judith Butler.

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