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- DescriptionA coal mining technique practiced in southern West Virginia kwn as mountaintop removal is drastically altering the terrain of the Appalachian Mountains. Peaks are flattened and valleys are filled as the coal industry levels thousands of acres of forest to access the coal, in the process turning the forest into scrubby shrublands and poisoning the water. This is dangerous and environmentally devastating work, but as Rebecca R. Scott shows in Removing Mountains, the issues at play are vastly complicated.In this rich ethgraphy of life in Appalachia, Scott examines mountaintop removal in light of controversy and protests from environmental groups calling for its abolishment. But Removing Mountains takes the conversation in a new direction, telling the stories of the businesspeople, miners, and families who believe they depend on the industry to survive. Scott reveals these southern Appalachian coalfields as a meaningful landscape where everyday practices and representations help shape a community's relationship to the environment.Removing Mountains demonstrates that the paradox that faces this community-forced to destroy their land to make a wage-raises important questions related t only to the environment but also to American national identity, place, and white working-class masculinity.
- Author BiographyRebecca R. Scott is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri.
- Author(s)Rebecca R. Scott
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication04/08/2010
- SubjectGeography & Earth Science: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleQuadrant Book
- Place of PublicationMinneapolis
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Note22 b&w illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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