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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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Transforming Places

Transforming Places

Toward a Global Politics of Appalachia

(p.49) 2 Transforming Places
Appalachia in Regional Context

Barbara Ellen Smith

University Press of Kentucky

Smith, a sociologist, contends that the politicization of “place” deserves serious attention, and she contests the common view, especially on the Left, that local, place-based politics is inadequate, futile, and reactionary for confronting globalization. Highlighting exemplary grassroots strategies in Appalachia that she describes as “making space,” “crossing space,” and “transgressing space,” she points toward potentially effective forms of locally based global politics of place that challenge the neoliberal privatization of common places and resources described, in her words, as analogous to prison “lockdowns.”

Keywords:   global politics, grassroots activism, neoliberalism, place, prison lockdown, privatization, space

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