Women, Development, and Communities for Empowerment in Appalachia

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An examination of the class and gender conditions of working-class women in the coal mining fields reveals how they struggled for development and change and how the struggle sometimes lead to empowerment.
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Albany, NY, U.S. A 1995 Trade Paperback Very Good This is a story of women and collective activism in the coalfields and nearby mining areas of Southwest Virginia; based on ... qualitative research conducted in the Central Applachian mountains between 1990 and 1992, it explores the life histories of working class women in order to understand their class and gender conditions and their positions of marginalization; it also explores how women struggle for developmemnt and change in grassroots associations, and how this struggle may lead to their empowerment (blue cover with white lettering is slightly shelfworn; otherwise a good, clean, tight copy) Read more Show Less

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An examination of the class and gender conditions of working-class women in the coal mining fields reveals how they struggled for development and change and how the struggle sometimes lead to empowerment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791423783
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: SUNY series in Gender and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

A Story of Gender and Social Change
The Research Project
The Setting
Listening to Appalachian Women
Working Definitions of Central Concepts:

Marginalization
Empowerment

Gender and Development Planning

2. Methodology

Putting Away the Master's Tools
The Feminist Standpoint and Women's Life Stories
A Feminist Research Process
Interviewing Women
Data Collection and Analysis
Issues of Reliability and Validity
Reporting Conventions

3. Family

The Discreet and Lesser Sphere
Why Women Act
The Intimacies of Place
Just Like a Family
Our Kids, Our Lives, Our Union
The Dark Side of Family Life
Childhood: No Time for Innocence
The Danger of Being Female
Teaching the Ideology of Gender
Marriage: Nobody to Love Me
With Every Blow
Marriage: A Good Calm Life
Children

4. Work

Reverberating Spheres
The Labor of Mothers as Daughters
Going Out to Work
Schooled to Sew
They Went Over to Vending
So Good at Doing You That Way
Coalminer Daughters
Making Ends Meet
Homework
Motherwork
It's Not the Factory

5. Community

The Inessential Appalachian
The Failure of Local Institutions
Trouble with the Doctor
Listen to my Pain
They Don't Have to Live It
It's Hard to Know
Trying to be With the Law
Politics as Usual
Go Home and Make Cookies
To be an Outsider in the School
The Same God of Love
Strategic Essentialism: Nobody Was Different
The Appropriation of Symbols: We All Love the Flag Over Here
Resisting Rutabagas and Rights

6. Creating Communities for Development and Change

Introduction
The Gender Equity Support Group

She Voiced What I Felt

An Income-Generating Cooperative

And Then I Sew

Public Work
Coal Employment Project

Just a Couple of Women

7. Class, Gender and Resistance in the Coalfields; The Family Auxiliary

Introduction
We Could Do a Whole Lot Down Here!
It Really Put the Radical In Us
It Keeps on Growing and Growing
For All the Other People
We Want to Pass it Along
The Biggest and Best People's Organization

8. Community Development Empowerment: Dungannon Development Commission and Ivanhoe Civic League

Introduction
Dungannon Development Commission

The Taste of Success
A Cooperative Sewing Industry
It was Hot!
Misbehaving
The Failure of Success
That Way is Not What We're Talking About!

Ivanhoe Civic League

I've Never Seen Anything Like This
Building Bridges
Reversals in Learning
Planning Our Destiny
Creative Misbehavior: Using Outsiders for Mutual Benefit
Jubilee
From the Practical to the Strategic'

9. Alternative Visions

Introduction
Trickle-up Revolutions
Divergent Understandings
Women's Communities
Gender Planning for Empowerment
Building a Change
Conclusions

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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