Term of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Lorraine S. Gilpin

Committee Member 1

Delores D. Liston

Committee Member 2

Meca Williams-Johnson

Committee Member 3

David Biek

Committee Member 3 Email



The purpose of this study was to investigate the occupational choices of rural white southern adolescent males. The study was comprised of eight core participants and an additional 30 survey respondents. This ethnography utilized six sources of data: a questionnaire, individual interviews, two focus group interviews, artifacts shared by the participants, an online survey, and the researcher's reflections/notes. The data suggests that rural white southern males' occupational choices are influenced by their geographical context, their parents, and occupations with which they are familiar. The data also suggests that rural white southern males are likely to remain in the area in which they were raised, and they often enjoy the benefits of white privilege and an elevated socio-economic status. This study adds to the extent literature and provides more insight into the culture of rural white southern young men. The study's implications and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

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