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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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The Power of Place and the Place of Power

The Power of Place and the Place of Power

(p.91) 4 The Power of Place and the Place of Power
Appalachia in Regional Context

John Gaventa

University Press of Kentucky

The political scientist John Gaventa’s prizewinning analysis of power and powerlessness was a foundational study in the early development of Appalachian studies. In this chapter he outlines a new, multidimensional conception of power (the “power cube”) to understand the “power of place” and the “place of power.” He suggests that effective efforts at place-based social transformation must operate on three dimensions that challenge the forms, spaces, and levels of power. He also describes how the places in which he has worked and lived, including African nations, Appalachia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, have influenced his thinking about power dynamics.

Keywords:   power, powerlessness, place, space, power cube, social transformation

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