REDNECK CULTURE RUBRIC

What exactly is “redneck” culture or ”way of life”?
read Thomas Sowell’s book “BLACK REDNECKS and WHITE LIBERALS”!!!

Here are some criteria:

PSYCHOLOGY
____ excessive (“cracker”) PRIDE; easy (touchy”) HUMILIATION; a “shame” culture
bragging (sense of “superiority” hiding “inferiority”complex) [e.g. honor killings]
exhibitionism (exaggerated language & behavior); [“cracker” = braggart]
malignant NARCISISM: self-indulgence/destruction, not self-improvement
____ VICTIMIZATION (“victim” easily turns into “victim-izer”) e.g. DUELING
____ HATE & HOSTILITY (adolescent “feelings” outweigh adult “facts”)
“chip on shoulder” – “alienation”, anger-management issues
____ VIOLENCE (“hair-trigger”; “terror”, not “tolerance”; disregard for human “life”
“extreme” psychology with a lack of balance; e.g. the “bullied” who love to BULLY

SOCIOLOGY
___ CONFLICT (“reaction”) vs. cooperation(“resolution”); chaos vs order; war vs peace
___ VIOLENCE (HATE’glorified “feelings”) vs. non-violent HARMONY
___ CHAOS/hate/DESTRUCTION vs. order/harmony/productive
_____ “TRIBAL” (hate of “other”) vs. UNIVERSAL (harmony of “all”)
(group) COLLECTIVE CONFORMITY (individual) CONSCIENCE & CHARACTER
“FEUDS” (never ending “chain” of violence against each/all “other”)
___ segregation (separation; division) vs. integration (similarity; commonality)
redneck appearance of “social” behaviors masking ANTI-SOCIAL nature

ECONOMICS
___WORK (rednecks are lazy; lack of work “ethic”); productive vs counter-productive
___SPENDING; often “improvident”, leading to debt; “cards and clothes” vs career ???
short-term pleasure (instant gratification) vs. long-term investment, productivity

EDUCATION
___ VALUE (or lack of) for SCHOOLING and LEARNING; knowledge, but no wisdom
“STREET smarts” (jail/prison) vs. “BOOK smarts” (disdain for “school boys”)
this is not to say that rednecks are not “smart” or intelligent; they lack “sense”

GENDER/SEX/FAMILY
___ EXPLOITATION (e.g. anti-social “pimping”) vs. “respect” (social cooperation)
misogyny– hate of women; “lust” for personal USE vs ”love”that is mutually beneficial
___ FAMILY (“stability” monogamy, long term relationships); effective PARENTING?
Does family result in self-improvement or self-destruction? Bill Cosby or Charlie Sheen?

ENTERTAINMENT
___ “reckless”/dangerous/ ”shallow” vs. “sophisticated” (deep, diverse, acquired tastes)
___ adolescent; exaggerated “cartoons” vs. adult/mature human “complexity;”educational”
cockfighting,“Jackass”, gangster rap, beer chess, Hamlet, Motown, wine tasting
___ “INSTINCTS”/SEX/VIOLENCE (inhumanity) vs. “INTELLECT” (humanity)
___ SADISM – enjoying someone else’s PAIN; HEDONISM (worship of PLEASURE)
e.g. “substance” abuse (reckless, chaotic, self-destructive) escape from “reality”

LAW
___ general disregard for (being “above” the law); anti-authoritarian (chaos vs. order)
lack of “conscience” within; hate/rebellion of social “order/stability” from without
law used selectively – “insider” justice that rationalizes injustice to “outsider”
disregard for “due process” (equal justice – the same to all, not rules to serve self)