Appalachia in Regional Context

Appalachia in Regional Context

Place Matters

Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies

Edited by Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

264 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 1 map, 14 b&w illustrations

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813175324
  • Published: March 2018

$60.00 TX

  • Paperback
  • 9780813179131
  • Published: March 2020

$30.00 TX


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.