Two of our students, Nikki Mattson and Martha Grace L. Mize, are featured in the latest issue of Virginia Archaeologist, the newsletter of the Council of Virginia Archaeologists (COVA). Both students were COVA grant recipients, which allowed them to work on research and outreach projects in Virginia. For more, see the COVA newsletter (PDF). Our students’s features are on pages 14-16.
Congratulations to Jodi Skipper, awarded the Award of Merit to Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc., by the Mississippi Historical Society! The award is presented to individuals or organizations for their outstanding archival, historical, museum or records management work. Dr. Skipper’s award was announced at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society in Corinth on March 7th, 2015.
You can read more about Dr. Skipper’s work here.
University of Mississippi archaeologists Carolyn Freiwald and Jodi Skipper began excavations at the Hugh Craft House in Holly Springs during the cold snap in November 2014, with a crew of Sociology and Anthropology Department graduate and undergraduate students, as well as participation by Rust College students working with Dr. Alisea McLeod. Construction work on foundation of the 1850s mansion and detached kitchen building (that likely also served as the slave quarters) revealed evidence for consumption of whitetail deer, turkey, pig, and cow, as well as antebellum ceramics and other artifacts identified by homeowner and historian Chelius Carter. Drs Skipper and Freiwald hoped to identify features associated with culinary practices of the time, as well as other household activities. The team identified features including a posthole, old piping, and a burned area in the yard. They plan to return in April 2015 to continue the investigation in conjunction with the Behind the Big House program (April 7th-12th) which features tours of several extant slave dwellings, and the Holly Springs Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes and Churches.
By James M. Thomas
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
The global consensus in academic, specialist and public realms is that North Korea is a problem: its nuclear ambitions pose a threat to international security, its levels of poverty indicate a humanitarian crisis and its political repression signals a failed state.
This book examines the cultural dimensions of the international problem of North Korea through contemporary South Korean and Western popular imagination’s engagement with North Korea. Building on works by feminist-postcolonial thinkers, in particular Trinh Minh-ha, Rey Chow and Gayatri Spivak, it examines novels, films, photography and memoirs for how they engage with issues of security, human rights, humanitarianism and political agency from an intercultural perspective. By doing so the author challenges the key assumptions that underpin the prevailing realist and liberal approaches to North Korea.
This research attends not only to alternative framings, narratives and images of North Korea but also to alternative modes of knowing, loving and responding and will be of interest to students of critical international relations, Korean studies, cultural studies and Asian studies.
McDowell, Amy. 2014. “Warriors and Terrorists: Antagonism as Strategy in Christian Hardcore and Muslim ‘Taqwacore’ Punk Rock.” Qualitative Sociology. 37: 255-276. (Lead Article). A photograph from McDowell’s research is featured as the cover of this issue of Qualitative Sociology.
ABSTRACT: This article contributes to new scholarship in the sociological study of religion, which looks at how people define and communicate religion in secular spheres. I show how U.S. Christian Hardcore and Muslim “Taqwacore” (taqwa means “god consciousness” in Arabic) punks draw on the tools of a punk rock culture that is already encoded with its own set of symbols, rituals and styles to: 1) understand themselves as religious/punk and 2) express religion in punk rock environments. I find that both cases draw on a punk rock motif of antagonism—oppositional attitudes and violent rituals and symbols—to see themselves as religious/punk and express religion in punk in different ways. Christian punks use this motif to condemn other Christians for denouncing punk and create space for Protestant evangelical Christianity in punk. Taqwacores use this motif to criticize Islam for its conservatism as well as non-Muslims for stereotyping Muslims as religious fanatics. In the process, Taqwacores build a space for alienated brown youth who exist on the margins of mainstream American culture and traditional Islam.
New Publication!! Green, John J. 2014. “The Status of African Americans in the Rural United States.” In Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Edited by Conner Bailey, Leif Jensen, and Elizabeth Ransom. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia Press.
This fourth Rural Sociological Society decennial volume provides advanced policy scholarship on rural North America during the 2010’s, closely reflecting upon the increasingly global nature of social, cultural, and economic forces and the impact of neoliberal ideology upon policy, politics, and power in rural areas.
The chapters in this volume represent the expertise of an influential group of scholars in rural sociology and related social sciences. Its five sections address the changing structure of North American agriculture, natural resources and the environment, demographics, diversity, and quality of life in rural communities.
Mississippi Students win best student papers at 2014 Alabama Mississippi Sociological Association Meetings