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Appalachia in Regional ContextPlace Matters$
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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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Place, Autonomy, and the Politics of Hope

Place, Autonomy, and the Politics of Hope

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(p.71) 3 Place, Autonomy, and the Politics of Hope
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Appalachia in Regional Context
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John Pickles

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813175324.003.0004

The geographer John Pickles defines place as the locus of natural and social life worlds, which provides an operative context of common understandings, institutions, and practices along with the natural environment that sustains the life of communities. He characterizes the defense of these “commons” as the arena in which place-based activism takes center stage. From opposition to mountaintop removal mining to forest and waterways environmentalism, “commons” activism has a long history in Appalachia. The author provides theoretical guidelines for how to think about this activism in relation to the Occupy movement, Right to the City, global labor, and worldwide autonomization movements.

Keywords:   commons, commons activism, labor movements, Occupy movement, Right to the City, place-based activism, place, autonomization movements

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