Term of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Daniel Chapman

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

John Weaver

Committee Member 3

Michelle Haberland

Abstract

Contained within the following pages is a narrative inquiry which analyzes the impact of place upon those who have occupied particular rural Southern spaces. This ethnography pays special attention to life forces and attempts to confront issues of gender, race, class, religion, and community by analyzing the larger cultural forces at work within those spaces. It attempts to encourage ways of living in the world more ethically and more inclusively. In many cases cultural influences have come to constrain the lives of young girls, women, and other marginalized people in the region. Historic economic structures and tendencies to devalue education in the region have had far reaching implications. In this work it has been found that place is inseparably intertwined with the customs and social forces at work in the region. It is a call to reconfigure culturally constraining notions in an effort to reconceptualize a more inclusive Southern paradigm.

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