Daughters of the Mountain: Women Coal Miners in Central Appalachia

Daughters of the Mountain: Women Coal Miners in Central Appalachia

by Suzanne E. Tallichet
     
 

Much has been written over the years about life in the coal mines of Appalachia. Not surprisingly, attention has focused mainly on the experiences of male miners. In Daughters of the Mountain, Suzanne Tallichet introduces us to a cohort of women miners at a large underground coal mine in southern West Virginia, where women entered the workforce in the late

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Overview

Much has been written over the years about life in the coal mines of Appalachia. Not surprisingly, attention has focused mainly on the experiences of male miners. In Daughters of the Mountain, Suzanne Tallichet introduces us to a cohort of women miners at a large underground coal mine in southern West Virginia, where women entered the workforce in the late 1970s after mining jobs began opening up for women throughout the Appalachian coalfields.

Tallichet's work goes beyond anecdotal evidence to provide complex and penetrating analyses of qualitative data. Based on in-depth interviews with female miners, Tallichet explores several key topics, including social relations among men and women, professional advancement, and union participation. She also explores the ways in which women adapt to mining culture, developing strategies for both resistance and accommodation to an overwhelmingly male-dominated world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271029030
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Rural Studies
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne E. Tallichet is Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She has authored or co-authored more than a dozen articles and book chapters, including "Barriers to Women's Advancement in Underground Coal Mining" (Rural Sociology, 2000) and "Gendered Relations in the Mines and the Division of Labor Underground" (Gender and Society, 1995), which was reprinted in the textbook A Psychology of Women Reader (1999).

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Digging In: Coping with Sexualized Work Relations

2. From Red Cap to Coal Miner: Adaptation and Advancement Underground

3. Ours in Solidarity: Women Miners and the UMWA

4. Over the Long Haul: Accommodation and Resistance to the Culture of Coal Mining

Epilogue

Appendix: Fieldwork and Profiles of the Study

References

Index

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