Many children, especially young girls, are taught that their value lies in their perfection, and that this perfection shouldn’t take any effort. But effortless perfection is a myth, and believing in the need to demonstrate effortless perfection is a dangerous mindset. We’ll cover Carol Dweck’s growth and fixed mindsets and why effortless perfection is a myth.
How are hillbilly fights different than others? Do hillbillies fight by a different set of rules? How is fighting built into the hillbilly culture? We’ll cover some of the hillbilly fights in the life of JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, and look at how the region’s culture of honor encourages them.
Is there a typical lifestyle of the Appalachian family? Are stereotypes about Appalachian families true? As both a work of social commentary and an autobiography, Hillbilly Elegy takes us through Vance’s formative years in an Appalachian family, where he witnesses one social dysfunction after another. We’ll cover these attributes of the Appalachian family and what Vance’s family life indicates about other families in the area.
What is the criticism of the welfare state? Do people take advantage of the welfare state? Hillbilly Elegy‘s JD Vance has strong criticisms of the welfare state. Learn why he thinks it brings out the worst of the Appalachian hillbilly community in particular.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis examines the spiritual and social decline of the Appalachian white working class through the story of the hillbilly family of its author, JD Vance. Growing up in a post-industrial Ohio town, Vance encountered the symptoms of community and familial dysfunction—drug and alcohol abuse, unstable marriages, lack of education, and evasion of hard work—that underscore the failing values of the culture from which he came. We’ll cover the ways in which Vance’s hillbilly family has shaped who he is today and how the stereotypes of the hillbilly family are, in
What are the primary attributes of hillbilly culture? How does the culture shape those who live in Appalachian Ohio? The rural, white working-class in America is one of the most-studied, yet least-understood subsets of the country’s population. We’ll cover JD Vance’s assessment of hillbilly culture in Hillbilly Elegy.
How flexible is socioeconomic mobility in America? Is socioeconomic mobility a myth? And when is economic mobility detached from social mobility? Hillbilly Elegy sets out to explore the struggles of the rural white working class in 21st-century America and the barriers to socioeconomic mobility. The book tells a story of dysfunctional families; substance abuse; the material, spiritual, and moral decline of Appalachia; and the struggles to achieve true economic and social mobility in the United States.
What are the most common Appalachian stereotypes? Are they accurate? Hillbilly Elegy sets out to explore the struggles of the rural white working class in 21st-century America through the personal story of its author, JD Vance. Part autobiography, part sociological text, and part political manifesto, the book tells a story of dysfunctional families; substance abuse; the material, spiritual, and moral decline of Appalachia; and the struggles to achieve true economic and social mobility in the United States. Ultimately, JD overcomes the odds and achieves a life of success and respectability outside of the hillbilly culture from which he came—but at
What was the “Hillbilly Highway”? How did this phenomenon start, and where? The “Hillbilly Highway” is a name for stretches of U.S. Route 23 and Interstate 75. It earned its moniker from the mass migration of “hillbilly” families from Kentucky to the midwest in search of jobs. We’ll cover how the “Hillbilly Highway” came to be and how JD Vance’s family arrives in Ohio in Hillbilly Elegy.
How is the system of education in Appalachia? How is education in Appalachia portrayed in JD Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy? In Vance’s book on life in Appalachian Ohio, education in Appalachia is in a sad state. Learn how he views the education system in his home community and why he thinks that the culture puts such little emphasis on education.