The editors discuss how this collection grew out of a two-year lecture series, “Place Matters,” at the University of Kentucky as well as a session at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association titled “Teaching Region,” and they describe how the interdisciplinary contributions in this volume reflect the broad, collaborative conversations among scholars, activists, and artists that constitute Appalachian studies. They discuss ways in which this volume illustrates diversity and agency within the region, through the lens of place. They contest the binary opposition between local places and global processes to suggest how a focus on region provides insights into the distinct ways in which the local and global are articulated, and they provide a brief overview of the chapters and themes in the rest of the book.
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