Cemeteries and the Life of a Smoky Mountain Community

Cades Cove Under Foot

Authors: Foster, Gary, Lovekamp, William

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  • Presents a collection of new data completed as a National Park Study (#GRSM-01120) under the auspices of a Great Smoky Mountains National Park Research Permit (#GRSM-2012-SCI-1120)
  • Combines statistical and observational data with oral and regional history to paint a fuller picture of an Appalachian community
  • Presents a multidisciplinary perspective drawing upon sociology, archaeology, folklore, and Appalachian history
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In one of the few studies to draw upon cemetery data to reconstruct the social organization, social change, and community composition of a specific area, this volume contributes to the growing body of sociohistorical examinations of Appalachia. The authors herein reconstruct the Cades Cove community in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, USA, a mountain community from circa 1818 to 1939, whose demise can be traced to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By supplementing a statistical analysis of Cades Cove’s twenty-seven cemeteries, completed as a National Park Study (#GRSM-01120), with ethnographic examination, the authors reconstruct the community in detail to reveal previously overlooked social patterns and interactions, including insight into the death culture and death-lore of the Upland South. This work establishes cemeteries as window into (proxies of) communities, demonstrating  the relevance of socio-demographic data presented by statistical and other analyses of gravestones for Appalachian Studies, Regional Studies, Cemetery Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology.

About the authors

Gary S. Foster is Emeritus Chair and Professor at Eastern Illinois University, USA. At EIU, he taught environmental sociology and sociology of cemeteries. His recent publications have appeared in Illness, Crisis, and Loss; The Journal of Aging and Identity; The Florida Journal of Environmental Health; Markers; and The Association of Gravestone Studies Quarterly.

William E. Lovekamp is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Illinois University, USA. He is co-editor of the book Social Vulnerability to Disasters, (2nd ed). His recent publications appear in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters; The Association of Gravestone Studies Quarterly; Markers; Teaching Sociology; and The Journal of Criminal Justice Education. He is also producer of the documentary called Nature's Fury and the Human Spirit.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cemeteries and the Life of a Smoky Mountain Community
Book Subtitle
Cades Cove Under Foot
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23295-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23295-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23294-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 173
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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