Title Global Mountain Regions
Subtitle Conversations toward the Future
Author Ann Kingsolver, Sasikumar Balasundaram
ISBN 9780253036865
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 416
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Indiana University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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No matter where they are located in the world, communities living in mountain regions have shared experiences defined in large part by contradictions. These communities often face social and economic marginalization despite providing the lumber, coal, minerals, tea, and tobacco that have fueled the growth of nations for centuries. They are perceived as remote and socially inferior backwaters on one hand while simultaneously seen as culturally rich and spiritually sacred spaces on the other. These contradictions become even more fraught as environmental changes and political strains place added pressure on these mountain communities. Shifting national borders and changes to watersheds, forests, and natural resources play an increasingly important role as nations respond to the needs of a global economy.

The works in this volume consider multiple nations, languages, generations, and religions in their exploration of upland communities’ responses to the unique challenges and opportunities they share. From paintings to digital mapping, environmental studies to poetry, land reclamation efforts to song lyrics, the collection provides a truly interdisciplinary and global study. The editors and authors offer a cross-cultural exploration of the many strategies that mountain communities are employing to face the concerns of the future.



“Hard Times” Si Kahn

Chapter 1: Introduction: Listening to Voices across Global Mountain Regions

Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Balasundaram

“Mother Jones’ Farewell (I Was There)” Si Kahn

Chapter 2: After Coal, through Film: Welsh and Appalachian Minning Communities

Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver

“Wigan Pier” Si Kahn

Chapter 3: Mountains, Coal, and Life in British Columbia and West Virginia

Paul S. Ciccantell

Chapter 4: Black Diamonds

Crystal Good

Chapter 5: Historicizing Poverty and Marginalization in the Southern Mountain Regions of Malawi

Tony Milanzi

“Momma Was a Union Woman” Si Kahn

Chapter 6: Voices for Community Rights in Amazonia

Monica Chují

“Blue Ridge Mountain Refugee” Si Kahn

Chapter 7: Indigenous Social Movements in Mountain Region

Carmen Martinez Novo, Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Subhadra Mitra Channa, Annapurna Devi Pandey, and
Luis Alberto Tuaza Castro

“People Like You” Si Kahn

Chapter 8: Rebuilding Mountain Communities after Natural and Human-Made Disasters

Jude L. Fernando, Lina Maria Calandra, Stephanie McSpirit, Pam Oldfield Meade, Jeremy Paden, and
Shaunna L. Scott

“The Border Line” Si Kahn

Chapter 9: Moving Heaven and Earth behind Mountains

Daniel Joseph

“Black Gold” Si Kahn

Chapter 10: Environment, Health, and Justice

Mary K. Anglin, Gregory V. Button, and Dolores Molina-Rosales

“When the Morning Breaks” Si Kahn

Chapter 11: Circulating News in Rural China and Appalachia

Al Cross and You You

Chapter 12: Thinking About the Future

Jane Jensen, Marco Pitzalis, Mir Afzal Tajik, and Alan J. DeYoung

Chapter 13: Jirga: Everyday Peace-Building in Rural Mountain Communities of Pakistan

Sajjad Ahmad Jan

Chapter 14: Mapping and Measuring Digital Divides in Mountain Regions

Stanley D. Brunn and Maria Paradiso

“My Old Times” Si Kahn

Chapter 15: Artifacts of Home

Saakshi Joshi

Chapter 16: Resonating with the Trees

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

“Traveler” Si Kahn

Chapter 17: Appalachian and Carpathian Exchanges

Jessica Murray and Iryna Galuschchak

Chapter 18: Appalachian and Columbian Connections through Cerulean Warbler Migration

Regina Donour

Chapter 19: Experience and Expertise

Lisa B. Markowitz

Chapter 20: Sustainable Livelihoods in Extreme Lands

Dipak R. Pant

“Aragon Mill” Si Kahn

Chapter 21: Comparing Rural Livelihood Transitions in the Catalan and Sardinian Regions of Europe and the Appalachian Region of the United States

Domenica Farinella, Ann Kingsolver, Ismael Vaccaro, and Oriol Beltran

“Wild Rose of the Mountain” Si Kahn

Chapter 22: Honey Corridors in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and Appalachian Coal Production Areas

Tammy Horn Potter and Kunal Sharma

“The Gap ($8,825) an Hour” Si Kahn

Chapter 23: Agricultural Sovereignty and Arabica Coffee Production in Ethiopia

Aklilu Reda

“The Flume” Si Kahn

Chapter 24: Creating Sustainable Post-extraction Livelihoods in the Central Appalachian Coalfields

Nathan Hall

“Gone, Gonna Rise Again” Si Kahn

Chapter 25: Reforestation Can Contribute to a Regenerative Economy in Global Mining Regions

Christopher D. Barton, Kenton Sena, and Patrick N. Angel

“We’re Still Here” Si Kahn

Chapter 26: Palestinian Responsible Tourism for Cross-Cultural Understanding

Asma Jaber and Michel Awad

“A Time for Us All” Si Kahn

Chapter 27: Conclusion: Looking Toward the Future in Global Mountain Regions

Felix Bivens, Sasikumar Balasundaram, and Ann Kingsolver


About the Author:

Ann Kingsolver is Professor of Anthropology and past director of the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. Her research in the United States, Mexico, and Sri Lanka has focused on how people make sense of all that gets called “globalization” and act on those understandings. Her books include NAFTA Stories: Fears and Hopes in Mexico and the United StatesTobacco Town Futures: Global Encounters in Rural Kentucky, and several edited volumes.

Sasikumar Balasundaram is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. His research interests include refugees, humanitarian aid, global health, engaged anthropology with children and youth, and contemporary issues of the Up-country Tamils of Sri Lanka.

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People interested in anthropology and environmental studies.

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