DA says: "I'm a redneck, btw; a redneck who ...", etc. ... and there was some earlier discussion of "what is a redneck". DA, what defines a redneck - that is, if we met, what would you look for to know that I'm not, and if you met a guy I work with how would you know he is, and if you met a friend of mine who thinks he is, how would you know he's not? I know that "working-class" seems to be part of the mix, and possibly some other things you mention in your original post. A related question - given that there is some pejorative connotation associated with the term in, at least, some people's minds, what (positive or admirable things) do you see about being a redneck that would make you want to describe yourself as one?
The reason I'm asking is that my friend I mentioned above that thinks that he is a redneck is a post-graduate-educated, non-drinking, widely traveled, non-religious in any way, libertarian-leaning, Bush-disliking, non-homophobic, etc, etc. person. I.e., there's is nothing about him that one would think "this guy's a redneck" - he would never watch or go to a NASCAR event, and if served barbecue, would rather describe it than eat it. Well, he does own a single, registered handgun. But I am baffled by his insistence that he has more in common with the redneck people he works with (in a computer facility?) than the "liberal elite" that "run the country" - and says he really has a "redneck mentality". So I'm curious as to what this is, because, as you note, there's not exactly a marked gene or predictable behavior or set of habits that make this quality apparent from the outside.