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Old 08-12-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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I don't know. I see more "wiggers" (no offense intended) than rednecks in MD. See definition below.

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There are plenty of rednecks in Southern MD...

 
Old 08-12-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: N/A
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There are plenty of rednecks in Southern MD...
I feel "redneck" is a disparaging term and for counties that are among the wealthiest in the county, I doubt they dominate the area. Also, remember that rural does not equal "southern," I'm sure if you go to Penn., Ohio, or upstate NY you'll see the same type of people you're describing (without the 10oz beers ). I have heard the term "hick" (another negative term) used frequently to descirbe the Appalachian types of Western MD, Central PA, and the WV Panhandle.
 
Old 08-12-2009, 08:15 PM
 
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I feel "redneck" is a disparaging term and for counties that are among the wealthiest in the county, I doubt they dominate the area. Also, remember that rural does not equal "southern," I'm sure if you go to Penn., Ohio, or upstate NY you'll see the same type of people you're describing (without the 10oz beers ). I have heard the term "hick" (another negative term) used frequently to descirbe the Appalachian types of Western MD, Central PA, and the WV Panhandle.
Hick is a term we used to describe people from southern New Jersey. I though the Appalachian types were called goats.
 
Old 08-13-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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A city goat is an Appalachian that moves to the city. Hillbilly is a more describtive slur for mountain people than "hick" (normally just any rural person) or "redneck" (more of a cultural association a person of any income or geographic identity can claim.) Hillbilly is a term we are trying to reclaim much like the n-word has been embraced by certain groups in African-American society.

My take - I can call myself or my friends a hillbilly, but nobody else better.
 
Old 08-13-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I've lived in Maryland my whole life and have never felt "southern" or identified as southern. I grew up just a couple of miles from the DC line. Maybe if I had lived in a different region of the state, I might feel differently. I always felt I had no accent either. However, I went to work in NY for awhile and they thought I was from the deep south and I went to Dallas for awhile and they thought I was from New England. Go figure.

I think what this really shows is the extreme provincialism of many Americans, irrespective of what area of the country they inhabit, and indeed whether or not they are city-dwellers or rural denizens.
 
Old 08-13-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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I think what this really shows is the extreme provincialism of many Americans, irrespective of what area of the country they inhabit, and indeed whether or not they are city-dwellers or rural denizens.
Holy Thesaurus Batman... Good post...
 
Old 08-13-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Provincialism? Psshhaaa.........I consider myself a proud parochialist. Anybody not from within 40 miles of Cumberland is from somewhere else. For most natives in Allegany County that would be considered regional thinking!
 
Old 08-13-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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For an interesting take on a type of Southern parochialism that is probably now largely a thing of the past, there's a great article in the current issue of the New Yorker magazine (Aug 10 & 17), "The Courthouse Ring; Atticus Finch and the Limits of Southern Liberalism". The aspect of town-centered parochialism isn't the primary subject of the article, but it's essential to the author's explanation of a particular mind-set regarding the workings of society in the place and time. I found the article really engaging.
 
Old 08-13-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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wow - didn't know my question would take a turn for the politically incorrect!


(( I like it ))))
 
Old 08-13-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Great article Dr. J. I doubt you could still find a state in America that is dominated by parochial politics as described in the article, but I can assure you it is alive and well in local politics in Western Maryland. There are no issues to speak of in local races except NIMBY causes or pork projects for the different small towns in the county. It is not unusual for a candidate in their home precinct to appear on 70% of the ballots cast while a candidate from 10 miles away appears on less than 15%. Small communities can sway elections far out of proportion to their size with this type of voting.
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