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  • What’s the appeal of country living for American youth?
  • What’s the appeal of country living for American youth?
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Teen America: Country Boys and Girls

Hard-working, outdoorsy, and down to earth, America has a whole new generation of Country Boys and Girls. In the eighth of a series exploring Gen Y and Z tribes in the US, Andrea Graham Richeson looks at how these young and ‘countrified’ individuals are expressing their traditional values.

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With its big blue skies, fresh air, and vast green fields, the agricultural enclaves of the US have long been an integral part of the nation’s identity. Country living is perhaps one of its most enduring, yet perhaps most misunderstood cultural narratives. The inspiration for countless country songs, rural America is at times both romanticised and disparaged for its simpler way of life and conservative leanings.

While rural communities may have strong ties to their agricultural past and small town values, they’re not stuck in time. In fact, the new generation of Country Boys and Girls are an influential ...

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