Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South

University and Community Partnerships

by Stephanie McSpirit, Lynne Faltraco, Connor Bailey, Sherry Cable, Shaunna L. Scott, Roy Silver, Sharon Hardesty, Patrick Carter-North, Mark Grayson, Nina McCoy, Robert Gipe, Mansoureh Tajik, Suzanne Marshall, Rufus Kinney, Antoinnette Hudson, Robert Futrell, Alan Banks, Alice L. Jones, Anne Blakeney, Betsy Taylor, Ana Isla,

Throughout Appalachia corporations control local economies and absentee ownership of land makes it difficult for communities to protect their waterways, mountains, and forests. Yet among all this uncertainty are committed citizens who have organized themselves to confront both external power holders and often their own local, state, and federal agents. Determined to make their voice heard and to improve their living conditions, newfound partnerships between community activists and faculty and students at community colleges and universities have formed to challenge powerful bureaucratic infrastructures and to protect local ecosystems and communities.

Confronting Ecological Crisis: University and Community Partnerships in Appalachia and the South addresses a wide range of cases that have presented challenges to local environments, public health, and social justice faced by the people of this region. Editors Stephanie McSpirit, Lynne Faltraco, and Conner Bailey, along with community leaders and their university partners, describe stories of unlikely unions between faculty, students, and Appalachian communities in which both sides learn from one another and, most importantly, form a unique alliance in the fight against corporate control. Confronting Ecological Crisis is a comprehensive look at the citizens and organizations that have emerged to fight the continued destruction of Appalachia.

  • The University Press of Kentucky; July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780813136615
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  • Title: Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South
  • Author: Stephanie McSpirit (ed.); Lynne Faltraco (ed.); Connor Bailey (ed.); Sherry Cable (contrib.); Shaunna L. Scott (contrib.); Roy Silver (contrib.); Sharon Hardesty (contrib.); Patrick Carter-North (contrib.); Mark Grayson (contrib.); Nina McCoy (contrib.); Robert Gipe (contrib.); Mansoureh Tajik (contrib.); Suzanne Marshall (contrib.); Rufus Kinney (contrib.); Antoinnette Hudson (contrib.); Robert Futrell (contrib.); Alan Banks (contrib.); Alice L. Jones (contrib.); Anne Blakeney (contrib.); Betsy Taylor (contrib.); Ana Isla (contrib.); Dick Futrell (contrib.)
  • Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

In The Press

"It should be required reading for faculty and students contemplating doing participatory research.... Highly recommended." -- Choice Magazine

About The Author

Stephanie McSpirit is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University. She is the author of several articles that have been published in journals such as the Journal of Appalachian Studies, Southern Rural Sociology, and the International Journal of Society and Natural Resources. Lynne Faltraco is the program coordinator for The Concerned Citizens of Rutherford County in North Carolina and the recipient of a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship. She has written and been featured in numerous articles, editorials, and regulatory publications such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency Region IV's Performance Partnership Agreement Conner Bailey is professor of rural sociology at Auburn University and has published in various journals such as Rural Sociology, Society & Natural Resources, Marine Policy, the Journal of Development Studies, and World Development.