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Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South

Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South

University and Community Partnerships

Edited by Stephanie McSpirit, Lynne Faltraco and Connor Bailey

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

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

284 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813136196
  • Published: July 2012



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.