Communities in Economic Crisis: Appalachia and the South

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Temple University Press, 2011 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Hard times are no stranger to the people of Appalachia and the South. Earlier books have documented the low wages of the textile industry, boom-and-bust cycles of coal mining, and debt peonage of Southern agriculture that have established a heritage of poverty that endures. This book is a unique collection of essays by people who are actively involved in the efforts to challenge economic injustice in these regions and to empower the residents to build democratic alternatives.

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1 It Has to Come from the People Responding to Plant Closings in Ivanhoe Virginia
People Power Working for the Future In the East Kentucky Coalfields
Voices from the Coalfields How Miners Families Understand the Crisis of Coal
Women Miners Can Dig It Too
Organizing Women for Local Economic Development
Organizing Rural Tobacco Farmers Central Kentucky in Global Context
From the Mountains to the Maquiladoras A Case Study of Capital Flight and Its Impact on Workers
Betrayal of Trust The Impact of Economic Development Policy upon Working Citizens
The Mayhaw Tree An Informal Case Study in Homegrown Rural Economic Development
Saturn Tomorrows Jobs Yesterdays Myths
Environmentalism Economic Blackmail and Civil Rights Competing Agendas Within the Black Community
New Work Force New Organizing The Experience of Women Office Workers and 9to5
The Changing International Division of Labor Links with Southern Africa
CommunityBased Economics Education A Personal Cultural and Political Project
Interactions of Economics and Spirituality Some Perspectives from Creole Culture
Toward a Human Service Economy

Worker Organizing in South Carolina A CommunityBased Approach
Voting Rights and Community Empowerment Political Struggle in the Georgia Black Belt
Race Development and the Character of Black Political Life in Bogalusa Louisiana
Economic Slavery or Hazardous Wastes? Robeson Countys Economic Menu
National Economic Renewal Programs and Their Implications for Appalachia and the South
Toward a New Debate Development Democracy and Dignity

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Page 5 - The sunshine on the Sunbelt has proved to be a narrow beam of light, brightening futures along the Atlantic Seaboard, and in large cities, but skipping over many small towns and rural areas.

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John Gaventa is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a staff member of the Highlander Research and Education Center.

Barbara Ellen Smith is former Research Coordinator of the Southeast Women's Employment Coalition and the author of Digging Our Own Graves: Coal Miners and the Struggle over Black Lung Disease (Temple).

Alex Willingham is Research Director of the Southern Regional Council.

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