This book investigates the behaviors, motivations, and lifestyles of African American adolescents in rural communities across the country. More specifically, it examines what it is like for black youth to grow up in the twenty-first-century rural South. With Hamilton, Alabama, and the neighboring town of Carlyle as the backdrop, this book is an ethnography of young African Americans and what defines the rural South in the twenty-first-century. It challenges the stereotypes that define how society has come to view African Americans, including teens, not only by focusing on the rural South, but also by also allowing the youth Down Yonder to speak for themselves. In addition to shedding light on the meaningful aspects of black teens’ everyday lives—some of which relate to race, class, and gender oppression—the book considers the intersections of local and translocal cultural elements in Hamilton and in the lives of young people who live there. Moreover, it explores the dialectical relationship among structure, culture, and behavior in Hamilton.
Keywords: lifestyles, black youth, rural South, Hamilton, Alabama, African Americans, stereotypes, race, class, culture