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Sacred MountainsA Christian Ethical Approach to Mountaintop Removal$
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Andrew R. H. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165998

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165998.001.0001

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The Meanings of the Mountains

The Meanings of the Mountains

Discourses of Power, Identity, and Destruction in the Mountaintop Removal Debate

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Sacred Mountains

Andrew R. H. Thompson

University Press of Kentucky

The idea of Appalachia as a discrete region with its own peculiar ecology, people, and customs is the result of a long series of interrelated discourses. This chapter examines three pairs of concepts—power and powerlessness, insiders and outsiders, and destruction and reclamation—that are relevant for MTR and provide particularly rich territory for an analysis from a theocentric perspective. These ideas have played a role in descriptions of the region and debates about MTR, making their analysis important to ethical thought. After discussing the choice of these particular pairs and the method of analysis, the author turns to the concepts themselves.

Keywords:   Appalachia, power, reclamation, political ecology, intertextuality

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