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Appalachia in Regional Context

Place Matters

In an increasingly globalized world, place matters more than ever. This concept especially holds true in Appalachian studies—a field that brings scholars, activists, artists, and citizens together around the region to contest misappropriations of resources and power and to combat stereotypes of isolation and intolerance. In Appalachia in Regional Context: Place Matters, Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver assemble scholars and artists from a variety of disciplines to broaden the conversation and challenge the binary opposition between regionalism and globalism.

In addition to theoretical explorations of place, some of the case studies examine foodways, depictions of gendered and racialized Appalachian identity in popular culture, the experiences of rural LGBTQ youth, and the pitfalls and promises of teaching regional studies. Drawing on ideas from cultural anthropology, sociology, and a variety of other fields, and interleaved with poems by bell hooks, this volume furthers the examination of new perspectives on one of America's most compelling and misunderstood regions.

About the Authors

Dwight B. Billings is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Kentucky. He is a past president of the Appalachian Studies Association, a recent editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies, and the author or editor of several books.

Ann E. Kingsolver is professor of anthropology and past director of the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. She is the author or editor of seven books, including Tobacco Town Futures: Global Encounters in Rural Kentucky

Reviews

"What's so valuable about this book is that it gathers so many different ideas and approaches in one volume, thereby making them more easily accessible to audiences in Appalachian studies as well as other disciplines."—Stephen L. Fisher, coeditor of Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia

"There is much to like in this stimulating volume; in many ways it is another significant example of Appalachian studies continuing to explore new boundaries, terrain, and perspectives. It's a solid example of the strength of regionalist inquiry today."—Chad Berry, author of Southern Migrants, Northern Exiles

"Overall, this book offers a provocative reexamination of Appalachia and place."—Choice

"Appalachia in Regional Context: Place Matters highlights tensions within the field of Appalachian studies, particularly tensions rooted in the diverse political, economic, and epistemological paradigms. . . Gathering previous talks, panels, and parts of larger projects, Billings and Kingsolver weave them together in a way that urges the reader to make new connections between familiar yet often distant texts."—Journal of Southern History

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Other Titles by Dwight B. Billings

Back Talk from Appalachia

edited by Dwight B. Billings, Gurney Norman, Katherine Ledford
Feb 2013 - University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles by John Gaventa

Helen Matthews Lewis

Helen M. Lewis, edited by Patricia D. Beaver, Judith Jennings, with contributions by Monica Appleby, Patricia D. Beaver, Beth Bingman, Steve Fisher, Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Pat Gozemba, Judi Jennings, Amelia Kirby, Erica Kohl-Arena...
Mar 2014 - University Press of Kentucky
$70.00 USD - Hardback
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Other Titles by bell hooks

Appalachian Elegy

bell hooks
Oct 2012 - University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles by Ron Pen

Kentucky by Design

edited by Andrew Kelly, with contributions by Jean M. Burks, Jerrold Hirsch, Larry Curry, Michelle Ganz, Tommy Hines, Lee Kogan, Ron Pen, Janet Rae, Shelly Zegart, Mel Hankla, Philippe Chavance, Kate Hesseldenz, Madeleine Burnside, Alla...
Jul 2015 - University Press of Kentucky
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I Wonder as I Wander

Ron Pen, foreword by Rick Kogan
Sep 2010 - University Press of Kentucky
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Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie, foreword by Alan Lomax, Ron Pen
Apr 1997 - University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles by David A. Davis

Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang

John L. Spivak, introduction by David A. Davis
Jan 2012 - University of South Carolina Press
$14.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles by Emily Satterwhite

Dear Appalachia

Emily Satterwhite
Feb 2015 - University Press of Kentucky
$70.00 USD - Hardback
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Other Titles from Place Matters New Direction Appal Stds

Sacred Mountains

Andrew R. H. Thompson
Mar 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
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The Arthurdale Community School

Sam F. Stack, Jr.
Mar 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
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Religion and Resistance in Appalachia

Joseph D. Witt
Feb 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles in SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies

The Tar Heel State, revised edition

Milton Ready
Nov 2020 - University of South Carolina Press
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A Doctor for Rural America

Barbara Barksdale Clowse
Oct 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
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Come and Be Shocked

Mary Rizzo
Sep 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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