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Brian Foster

Brain Foster

Brian Foster grew up in Shannon, Mississippi, and earned a BA in African American studies from the University of Mississippi and an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research takes a critical, interdisciplinary, and multi-method approach to the study of race, culture, and inequality, with particular attention to post-soul (i.e. post-1970s) black cultures in the rural American South. In general, his work addresses two questions: how have rural southern communities changed in the fifty-plus years since the civil rights and Black Power movements, and what are the perspectives and experiences of black southerners living in these contexts? Geographically, much of his work is set in the Mississippi Delta.