1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Flood

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My research looks at the contemporary U.S., focusing on an ongoing encounter between leftist activists (anarchist ‘punks’), who interact in long term relationships with socially and politically conservative rural working-class southerners. My long-term immersive ethnographic research focuses in particular on amateur musical performance—primarily classic country and Appalachian old-time—as a cultural space where people come together across profound lines of difference. I focus on the misunderstandings, conflicts, accommodations, and surprising agreements I saw between these different groups. In the deeply divided political, cultural, and social environment of the contemporary U.S., I explore new ways to theorize and understand the nature of these differences—particularly class differences—as they play out in everyday life, and to consider the broader political and policy implications of our current misunderstandings. My work draws on theories of music, meaning, and sound; class and culture; critical theories of race and whiteness; and on the anthropology of ethics as a way of outlining new approaches to everyday difference in the U.S. 

First Name: 
David
Position: 
Lecturer
Email: 
dnf6xb@virginia.edu
Computing ID: 
dnf6xb
Degrees: 

2017 Ph.D. University of Virginia
2012 MA University of Virginia
2004 BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

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Specialties: 

Class and Culture, Music, Left Social Movements, US South