Year of Publication
Master of Science in Community & Leadership Development
Agriculture, Food and Environment
Community and Leadership Development
Dr. Rosalind Harris
Appalachian people have faced stereotyping of their culture and region in popular culture, news media, and art for generations. For more than 150 years, images of the region have been extracted by outside media makers and disseminated widely, solidifying the “hillbilly” stereotype in the national lexicon. This study focuses on such images in reality television shows about Appalachia, and seeks to determine whether or not those images, and the proliferation of them, has an impact on the ways in which Appalachian people understand and accept their own culture.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Brashear, Ivy Jude Elise, "Rural Reality: How Reality Television Portrayals of Appalachian People Impact Their View of Their Culture" (2016). Theses and Dissertations--Community & Leadership Development. 22.