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The Gaithers and Southern Gospel – Homecoming in the Twenty-First Century - University Press of Mississippi
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The Gaithers and Southern Gospel: Homecoming in the Twenty-First Century

Ryan P. Harper


This ethnography examines songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaithers’ Homecoming video and concert series. The Homecomings re-present the “southern gospel” subgenre of gospel music—a musical style popular among white evangelical Christians in the American South and Midwest. The book explores how the Gaithers negotiate the tension between preservation and modification of community norms as they seek simultaneously to maintain and expand their audience, and to initiate and respond to ideological shifts within their fan base’s culture. Using data he collected from his immersion in the Homecoming catalo ... More

Keywords: Gaither, Gospel, American Religion, Ethnography, Evangelicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496810908
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan P. Harper, author
Colby College