Southern Folk, Plain and Fancy
Native White Social Types

John Shelton Reed


"Drawing on television, film, and country music, Reed creates a typology of white southerners that includes the hero, the villain, the fool, and the victim. In doing so, he provides a strong argument for the roles of the media, labeling theory, and intergroup relations in the creation and maintenance of stereotypes . . . Reed's book is highly readable and entertaining, but with sociological substance as well."


Creating a sort of periodic table of the southern populace, Southern Folk, Plain and Fancy catalogs and describes the several social types—gentleman and lady, "lord of the lash" and cunning belle, fun-loving "good old boy," depraved redneck, and other figures—that have animated the region since antebellum times.

Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures

Page count: 136 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 8


List price: $22.95

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John Shelton Reed is founding coeditor of the journal Southern Cultures and William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.