Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia

Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia

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0252078381
ISBN-13:
9780252078385
Pub. Date:
02/14/2012
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
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Overview

Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia

In this era of globalization's ruthless deracination, place attachments have become increasingly salient in collective mobilizations across the spectrum of politics. Like place-based activists in other resource-rich yet impoverished regions across the globe, Appalachians are contesting economic injustice, environmental degradation, and the anti-democratic power of elites. This collection of seventeen original essays by scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds explores this wide range of oppositional politics, querying its successes, limitations, and impacts. The editors' critical introduction and conclusion integrate theories of place and space with analyses of organizations and events discussed by contributors. Transforming Places illuminates widely relevant lessons about building coalitions and movements with sufficient strength to challenge corporate-driven globalization.
 

Contributors are Fran Ansley, Yaira Andrea Arias Soto, Dwight B. Billings, M. Kathryn Brown, Jeannette Butterworth, Paul Castelloe, Aviva Chomsky, Dave Cooper, Walter Davis, Meredith Dean, Elizabeth C. Fine, Jenrose Fitzgerald, Doug Gamble, Nina Gregg, Edna Gulley, Molly Hemstreet, Mary Hufford, Ralph Hutchison, Donna Jones, Ann Kingsolver, Sue Ella Kobak, Jill Kriesky, Michael E. Maloney, Lisa Markowitz, Linda McKinney, Ladelle McWhorter, Marta Maria Miranda, Chad Montrie, Maureen Mullinax, Phillip J. Obermiller, Rebecca O'Doherty, Cassie Robinson Pfleger, Randal Pfleger, Anita Puckett, Katie Richards-Schuster, June Rostan, Rees Shearer, Daniel Swan, Joe Szakos, Betsy Taylor, Thomas E. Wagner, Craig White, and Ryan Wishart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252078385
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
Acknowledgments....................ix
Invocation/Invocación Marta Maria Miranda....................xi
Introduction: Placing Appalachia Stephen L. Fisher and Barbara Ellen Smith....................1
1. Stop the Bombs: Local Organizing with Global Reach Ralph Hutchison....................19
2. RAIL Solution: Taking on Halliburton on the Home Front Rees Shearer....................32
3. This Land Is Your Land: Local Organizing and the Hegemony of Growth Nina Gregg and Doug Gamble....................47
4. Identity Matters: Building an Urban Appalachian Movement in Cincinnati Phillip J. Obermiller, M. Kathryn Brown, Donna Jones, Michael E. Maloney, and [??] omas E. Wagner....................63
5. Appalachian Youth Re-envisioning Home, Re-making Identities Katie Richards-Schuster and Rebecca O'Doherty....................78
6. Resistance through Community-based Arts Maureen Mullinax....................92
7. Organizing Appalachian Women: Hope Lies in the Struggle Meredith Dean with Edna Gulley and Linda McKinney....................109
8. The Southern Empowerment Project: Homegrown Organizing Gone Too Soon June Rostan and Walter Davis....................122
9. Center for Participatory Change: Cultivating Grassroots Support Organizing Craig White, Paul Castelloe, Molly Hemstreet, Yaira Andrea Arias Soto, and Jeannette Butterworth....................133
10. Faith-based Coalitions and Organized Labor: New Forms of Collaboration in the Twenty-first Century? Jill Kriesky and Daniel Swan....................148
11. Talking Union in Two Languages: Labor Rights and Immigrant Workers in East Tennessee Fran Ansley....................164
12. Virginia Organizing: The Action Is at the State Level Joe Szakos and Ladelle McWhorter....................183
13. OxyContin Flood in the Coalfields: "Searching for Higher Ground" Sue Ella Kobak....................198
14. Not Your Grandmother's Agrarianism: The Community Farm Alliance's Agrifood Activism Jenrose Fitzgerald, Lisa Markowitz, and Dwight B. Billings....................210
15. Mountain Justice Cassie Robinson Pfleger, Randal Pfleger, Ryan Wishart, and Dave Cooper....................226
16. Who Knows? Who Tells? Creating a Knowledge Commons Anita Puckett, Elizabeth Fine, Mary Hufford, Ann Kingsolver, and Betsy Taylor....................239
17. North and South: Struggles over Coal in Colombia and Appalachia Aviva Chomsky and Chad Montrie....................252
Conclusion: Transformations in Place Barbara Ellen Smith and Stephen L. Fisher....................267
List of Contributors....................293
Index....................299

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