It Comes from the People Community Development and Local Theology

ISBN-10: 1566392128

ISBN-13: 9781566392129

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The closing of local mines and factories collapsed the economic and social structure of Ivanhoe, Virginia, a small, rural town once considered a dying community "on the rough side of the mountain." Documenting the creative survival techniques developed by Ivanhoe citizens in the aftermath, It Comes from the People tells how this community organized to revitalize the town and demand participation in its future.Photos, interviews, stories, songs, poems, and scenes from a local theater production tell how this process of rebuilding gradually uncovered the community's own local theology and a growing consciousness of cultural and religious values. A significant aspect of this social transformation in Ivanhoe, as in many rural areas, was the emergence of women as leaders, educators, and organizers, developing new approaches to revive the economy and the people simultaneously.This book is unusually open about the difficult process faced by outside researchers working with community members to describe community life. It discusses the inherent dilemmas frankly and presents a model for those who engage in community studies and ethnographic research. Author note: Mary Ann Hinsdale is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Boston College. PHelen M. Lewis is Interim Director of the Appalachian Center at Berea College in Kentucky. PS. Maxine Waller is President of the Ivanhoe Civic League and directs community-based student volunteer programs in Virginia.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 5/30/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Community Development Process: A Case Study
Historical Background
Organizing and Mobilizing the Community
Confronting and Using Power
Getting Educated
Using Culture in Community Development
Leadership and Organizational Development
Insiders, Outsiders, and Participatory Research
Local Theology in a Rural Mountain Community
Reading and Using the Bible
Theology from the People
Ritual and Ethics
Emerging Women's Voices: "Unlearning to Not Speak"
Ministry: Within and Without
The Churches and Community Development
Epilogue
App. A. Context and Methodology
App. B. Scenes and Songs from It Came from Within
Notes
Index
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