Combating Mountaintop Removal New Directions in the Fight Against Big Coal

ISBN-10: 0252078977

ISBN-13: 9780252078972

Edition: N/A

Authors: Bryan T. McNeil

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 Drawing on powerful personal testimonies of the hazards of mountaintop removal in southern West Virginia,Combating Mountaintop Removalcritically examines the fierce conflicts over this violent and increasingly prevalent form of strip mining. Bryan T. McNeil documents the changing relationships among the coal industry, communities, environment, and economy from the perspective of local grassroots activist organizations and their broader networks. Focusing on Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW), an organization composed of individuals who have personal ties to the coal industry in the region, the study reveals a turn away from once-strong traditional labor unions and the emergence of community-based activist organizations. By framing social and moral arguments in terms of the environment, these innovative hybrid movements take advantage of environmentalism's higher profile in contemporary politics. In investigating the local effects of globalization and global economics, McNeil tracks the profound reimagining of social and personal ideas such as identity, history, and landscape and considers their roles in organizing an agenda for progressive community activism.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Worst Goddamn Thing I've Ever Seen
Welcome to Coal River
Fighting Back ... Again
What Are We Fighting For?
Banana Republic, Neoliberal Style
Strained Solidarities
The Chase
Whose Development Is It?
Symbolic Capital, the Commons, and Community Activism
Gender, Solidarity, and Symbolic Capital
Commons Environmentalism and Community Activism
Conclusion: John Henry, Efficiency, and Community
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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