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An Analysis of Social Capital Generation among Coalfield Residents in Harlan County, Kentucky

Feng Hao

The coal industry exercises a pervasive influence upon mining communities in Appalachia even though it makes minimal contributions to employment. Miners rarely participate in movements that fight against coal companies for better working conditions. One explanation for this paradox is the depletion of social capital. In this article, I first use the existing body of literature to build a theoretical framework for discussing bonding social capital. Second, I analyze how the United Mine Workers of America in Harlan County, Kentucky at the beginning of the twentieth century worked to generate social capital. The results show that these coalfield residents demonstrated a high degree of social capital in terms of a strong shared sense of reliability and a dedication to collective activities and intimate networks. The union during that period engaged in strategies that were instrumental in creating this high level of social capital: holding regular meetings, organizing collective actions, promoting collective identity, and electing charismatic leaders.

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Transforming Participatory Science into Socioecological Praxis

Valuing Marginalized Environmental Knowledges in the Face of the Neoliberalization of Nature and Science

Brian J. Burke and Nik Heynen

Citizen science and sustainability science promise the more just and democratic production of environmental knowledge and politics. In this review, we evaluate these participatory traditions within the context of (a) our theorization of how the valuation and devaluation of nature, knowledge, and people help to produce socio-ecological hierarchies, the uneven distribution of harms and benefits, and inequitable engagement within environmental politics, and (b) our analysis of how neoliberalism is reworking science and environmental governance. We find that citizen and sustainability science often fall short of their transformative potential because they do not directly confront the production of environmental injustice and political exclusion, including the knowledge hierarchies that shape how the environment is understood and acted upon, by whom, and for what ends. To deepen participatory practice, we propose a heterodox ethicopolitical praxis based in Gramscian, feminist, and postcolonial theory and describe how we have pursued transformative praxis in southern Appalachia through the Coweeta Listening Project.

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Environment, Power, Development in Global South: Revolutions, Blue & Green

Thomas D. Hall

Cherokee women in Appalachia reveal analogous problems. Pre-European-contact Cherokee had a more or less complementary gender division of labor. Clan mothers had collective input into male discussions of war and peace. As the Cherokee became increasing

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Book Reviews

Ayse Serap Avanoglu, Diana Riboli, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Annalisa Butticci, Iain R. Edgar, Matan Shapiro, Brooke Schedneck, Mark Sedgwick, Suzane de Alencar Vieira, Nell Haynes, Sara Farhan, Fabián Bravo Vega, Marie Meudec, Nuno Domingos, Heidi Härkönen, Sergio González Varela, and Nathanael Homewood

, sensorial and technological regimes, and embodied practices of Charismatic Christian worship of southern Appalachia. This outstanding ethnography is the result of two intense years of fieldwork with charismatic radio preachers, their in-studio congregations

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Symbolizing Destruction

Environmental Activism, Moral Shocks, and the Coal Industry

Alison E. Adams, Thomas E. Shriver, and Landen Longest

cultural context, future research is needed to delineate the socio-cultural factors that can impact both moral shocks and their broader emotional responses in a variety of settings such as coal mining communities in Appalachia or oil industry

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Heritage or hate?

A pedagogical guide to the confederate flag in post-race America

Cameron D. Lippard

, and Compliance). Third, as noted in its founding documents and mission statement, the original foundation of the university was in 1898 to serve as a teacher’s college for rural, western North Carolina. Like much of Southern Appalachia, this

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Appalachian Hikers’ Digital Journals

Collective Writing for an Unruly Landscape

David McLaughlin

Appalachia. Taylor Brown, in a short story about his youthful experiences playing around a landmark called Harper Falls, writes of his father's advice to him to “Be careful. The landscape is constantly changing and adapting like the people that hike up there

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Touring the Regions

(Dis) Uniting the Kingdom on Holiday

Hazel Andrews

the identity and unity of the group, which creates the reality of the unity and the identity of the group. (221; emphasis in original) However, as Marry K. Anglin notes in relation to her examination of national and regional identity in Appalachia, in

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Toxic Research

Political Ecologies and the Matter of Damage

Noah Theriault and Simi Kang

) remind us of the contradictions within predominantly white communities surrounded by fracking in Southern Appalachia. Theirs is a study of how a “localized,” “inward-looking,” and “culturally specific” movement was likewise driven by working-class women

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‘Shakespeare Had the Passion of an Arab’

The Appropriation of Shakespeare in Fadia Faqir’s Willow Trees Don’t Weep

Hussein A. Alhawamdeh

audience: ‘The words, and undoubtedly the tune, may be dated at least as far back as the reign of Henry VIII’ (35). Alisoun Gardner-Medwin, in ‘The “Willow” Motif in Folksongs in Britain and Appalachia’, Studies in Scottish Literature 26, no. 1 (1991