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Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia

Hot off the University of Illinois Press is Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia. Edited by Stephen L. Fisher and Barbara Ellen Smith - What global activists can learn from Appalachia. Transforming Places illuminates widely relevant lessons about building coalitions and movements with sufficient strength to challenge corporate-driven globalization. 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.

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Former NOA Executive Director Walter Davis and Former Executive Director of the Southern Empowerment Project June Rostan co-authored the chapter: Homegrown Organizing Gone Too Soon. 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.

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.

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