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“Intersections of Appalachian Identity” with A. Rachel Terman


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Information about today’s world is more accessible than ever before, and our social norms and tolerance of “the other” is changing. This access to a global village and the loosening of ridged social identity standards also applies to young adults from Appalachia, especially those who have earned college degrees.

With more choices on where to live and what to do for a living, how do these Appalachians navigate their path in the face of the cultural traditions with which they identify?

A. Rachel Terman, assistant professor of Sociology at Ohio University, explores this topic with OHIO Research and Creative Activity host for “Conversations from Studio B” Kelee Riesbeck. Their conversation is based on Terman’s recent presentation, “Hillbilly Women, Affrilachians, and Queer Mountaineers: Belonging and Mobility among Young Adults in Appalachia” and an upcoming book chapter, “Intersections of Appalachian Identity” in the forthcoming book, Appalachia Revisited (University Press of Kentucky). Terman also explains her use of intersectionality, a tool used by sociologists to better understand the experiences of marginalized people.

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Photo Credit: Ben Siegel, Senior University Photographer

Cover Photo courtesy of A. Rachel Terman.