This course's title conveys at least two significant meanings: 1) people who self-identify as Appalachian people are identifying as Appalachian to distinguish themselves from others, and 2) those who present Appalachian people to the broader public through various media are identifying Appalachian society as exceptional in some way. We will analyze many of the ways people understand "Appalachian exceptionalism" by discussing the importance of place to identity formation, scrutinizing popular representations of mountaineers, examining the role of identity in the politics of regional development, and studying the sociological and historical roots for Appalachia's image as "the other America."Prerequisite: GBL 1250 Introduction to Appalachian Studies.