Sociology, Department of
Book Review: Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America by Mary Gray
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Gray’s book is a provocative analysis of how rural LGBT youth and their allies organize and create queer identities and networks – in “brick and mortar” structures as well as through engagement with new media. Gray does a wonderful job of providing a balance between detailing rich stories from the ethnographic fieldwork and offering academic analyses. Thus, this a suitable book for undergraduate and graduate level courses in LGBT studies, rural education, media, qualitative methods, and social movements. Additionally, this book will no doubt contribute to a rethinking of what it means to be LGBT in the country and how LGBT activists can continue to successfully organize individuals across geographic contexts.
Published in Journal of Research in Rural Education 25:6 (2010). Online at http://jrre.psu.edu.articles/25-6.pdf Copyright © 2010 Pennsylvania State University College of Education Center on Rural Education and Communities.