Combining ethnographic interviews of self-identifying Appalachian individuals with my own experiences informs a humanistic anthropological collection of vignettes to evoke the diversity of perspectives of those who share an Appalachian identity. The goal is to collect stories and promote understanding through discourse. Individuals who choose to be a part of the creative project post interview have agency in how their stories are presented and if they will be included in the creative work. This project is a byproduct of the necessity to promote freedom of voice and expression for individuals with deep ties to this land who may feel displaced or who do not fit the stereotypical definition of the quintessential “Appalachian.” Simultaneously, this project attests that creative writing as an artform is both a valid research method and byproduct of research that provides a deeper insight into how real people feel which cannot be fully expressed by collection of data and objectivity.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-1-2023


Amanda Green

Mentor Department Affiliation

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

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Honors Scholars

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Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

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