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Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175324

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175324.001.0001

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“Placing” Futures and Making Sense of Globalization on the Edge of Appalachia

“Placing” Futures and Making Sense of Globalization on the Edge of Appalachia

(p.17) 1 “Placing” Futures and Making Sense of Globalization on the Edge of Appalachia
Appalachia in Regional Context

Ann E. Kingsolver

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter draws on comparative ethnographic research in Kentucky, Mexico, and Sri Lanka that is focused on how residents make sense of global capitalism and its inequities over the long term and in relation to place-based discussions of future livelihoods. “Placing” people and ideas—a practice common in the author’s rural Kentucky home community—is explored, bringing place to the fore in discussing the lived effects of global capitalist processes by those whose landscapes and livelihoods are organized around global commodities, such as tobacco, coal, and tea. Appalachia is understood in this chapter as intensely entangled with global capitalist circuits and histories, rather than as isolated from them, and examples are provided of how people are imagining sustainable futures in regions long marginalized economically and socially.

Keywords:   globalization, Kentucky, Mexico, Sri Lanka, placing, capitalism, sustainability, futures

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