Appalachia Revisited

Appalachia Revisited

New Perspectives on Place, Tradition, and Progress

Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies

Edited by William Schumann and Rebecca Adkins Fletcher

Contributions by Yunina Barbour-Payne, Jessica Blackburn, Jaclyn Daugherty, Kelly Dorgan, Kathryn Duvall, Tim Ezzell, Kirk Hazen, Sadie Hutson, Kristin Kant-Byers, Jim King, Diane Loeffler, Jordan Lovejoy, Melissa Ooten, Anita Puckett, Gabriel Piser, Jason Sawyer, Kathryn Trauth Taylor, Rachel Terman, Madeline Vandevender, Mark Wilson, Jacqueline Yahn and Amanda Gail Zeddy

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

318 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 9 figures, 7 tables, 2 maps

  • Paperback
  • 9780813174419
  • Published: October 2017


  • Hardcover
  • 9780813166971
  • Published: July 2016



Known for its dramatic beauty and valuable natural resources, Appalachia has undergone significant technological, economic, political, and environmental changes in recent decades. Home to distinctive traditions and a rich cultural heritage, the area is also plagued by poverty, insufficient healthcare and education, drug addiction, and ecological devastation. This complex and controversial region has been examined by generations of scholars, activists, and civil servants -- all offering an array of perspectives on Appalachia and its people.

In this innovative volume, editors William Schumann and Rebecca Adkins Fletcher assemble both scholars and nonprofit practitioners to examine how Appalachia is perceived both within and beyond its borders. Together, they investigate the region's transformation and analyze how it is currently approached as a topic of academic inquiry. Arguing that interdisciplinary and comparative place-based studies increasingly matter, the contributors investigate numerous topics, including race and gender, environmental transformation, university-community collaborations, cyber identities, fracking, contemporary activist strategies, and analyze Appalachia in the context of local-to-global change.

A pathbreaking study analyzing continuity and change in the region through a global framework, Appalachia Revisited is essential reading for scholars and students as well as for policymakers, community and charitable organizers, and those involved in community development.