Through centering the Florida Panhandle and using MTV’s Floribama Shore as an entry point, this essay articulates a Floridian-Southern identity. We organize this project around three themes that are heavily present in both Floribama Shore and our personal experiences as Floridian-Southerners: intra-regional tensions around religion, gender performances, and reproductive politics. Through layering our experiences among vignettes from Floribama Shore, we make visible the relationship between the consumption of popular media, the representations of Floridian-Southerners in popular media, the social and cultural regulation of hegemonic Southern deportment, and our own Floridian-Southern identity.
“Eat, Pray, Party!”: Reflections on MTV’s Floribama Shore, the Florida Panhandle, and Floridian-Southern Identity
Cassidy D. Ellis is a PhD student in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico. Correspondence to: Cassidy D. Ellis, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico MSC 03 2240, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lacey Corey Brown is Professor of Instruction in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa. Correspondence to: Lacey Corey Brown, Department of Communication, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Cassidy D. Ellis, Lacey Corey Brown; “Eat, Pray, Party!”: Reflections on MTV’s Floribama Shore, the Florida Panhandle, and Floridian-Southern Identity. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 68–80. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.68
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