"Our writers also discuss everything from sustainable development to what is happening in terms of women's employment. Our authors also write about efforts to organize Appalachian women about coal issues, and the similarity of problems faces by residents in West Virginia, Kentucky and Colombia in South America," Smith said.
The 17 original essays in the new book explore a wide range of oppositional politics, examining their successes, limitations and positive impacts.
Several essays focus on organizing and building coalitions and movements to challenge globalization driven by corporate interests.
John Gaventa, author of "Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley," said the new book is an outstanding collection of "diverse case studies of grassroots resistance to present a rich tapestry of citizen action in an increasingly globalizing world."
"Transforming Places," Gaventa said, should interest students, scholars, political activists and community leaders both in Appalachia and around the country.
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