A Quantitative Retelling of Cades Cove’s Cemeteries

  • Gary S. FosterEmail author
  • William E. Lovekamp


The same gravestone data that were transcribed as social variables to describe Cades Cove (in Chapter  6) are quantitatively analyzed to reveal patterns of statistical significance or dependence among the relationships of those variables. Empirical assessment relying on tests of significance and measures of association strengthens the veracity and the reliability of conclusions and social patterns observed among the variables, empowering the generalizations as typifying the community. Reconstructing and profiling community quantitatively enhances credibility and confidence in the findings, and more comprehensively presents community as dynamic, as opposed to static description. Cades Cove did not have a town hall or a mayor’s office, a library or a newspaper to tell its own story, but it has its cemeteries.


Bivariate Quantitative analysis Social patterns Social variables Statistical significance 


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  1. 1.Sociology, Anthropology, and CriminologyEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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