Fixin' To Git One Fan's Love Affair with NASCAR's Winston Cup By Jim Wright Duke University Press, 2002 305 pp. Cloth $26.95 Reviewed by Dan Pierce, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and author of " The Most Southern Sport on Earth: NASCAR and the Unions," which appeared in the Summer 2001 issue of Southern Cultures. Sociologist Jim Wright has taken on a two-fold task in Fixin' To Git: to make a sociological study of NASCAR's Winston Cup Series and to reflect on his firsthand experiences in attending six races during the 1999 season--what Wright refers to as his "Fixin' To Git Road Tour." As such, it contains a mix of academic study and personal reminiscence, alternating between an academic tone and a folksy, even chatty one. Wright's book is primarily about dispelling misconceptions that many Americans have about NASCAR. He argues that "championship stock-car racing is not the moonshine-besotted redneck excrescence it is sometimes made out to be," and challenges the notion that stock-car racing is a peculiarly southern sport. Wright points out that the "mythology of NASCAR's moonshine origins" is based on "the biographies of . . . fewer than
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 13, 2003
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