MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Ron Roach, Rebecca Adkins Fletcher, Jeff Titon
This thesis uses qualitative ethnographic research methods to present a case study that explores the multiplicity of meanings and representations that are attached to the Old Deery Inn & Museum in Blountville, Tennessee. Within the community, the Inn functions as a center for cultural memory, with the physical structure itself acting as an artifact that holds community identity. This community narrative contrasts with the official narrative used by tourism entities that markets the Inn as a part of the Appalachian region, situating the Inn within a complex and intricately constructed identity of place that is shaped by lived experiences as well as perceived cultural markers. By unraveling the narratives, this study unpacks the ways that the Inn’s various identities figure into the development of current interpretation and management efforts, and the way that this locally important historical site fits into the larger narrative of tourism marketing in East Tennessee.
Thesis - Open Access
Proffitt, Rebecca J., "The Old Deery Inn & Museum: An Ethnographic Case Study" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3241. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3241
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