Global Mountain Regions

Global Mountain Regions

Conversations toward the Future
Edited by Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Balasundaram
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/01/2018
ISBN: 978-0-253-03689-6
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No matter where they are located in the world, communities living in mountain regions have shared experiences defined in large part by contradictions. These communities often face social and economic marginalization despite providing the lumber, coal, minerals, tea, and tobacco that have fueled the growth of nations for centuries. They are perceived as remote and socially inferior backwaters on one hand while simultaneously seen as culturally rich and spiritually sacred spaces on the other. These contradictions become even more fraught as environmental changes and political strains place added pressure on these mountain communities. Shifting national borders and changes to watersheds, forests, and natural resources play an increasingly important role as nations respond to the needs of a global economy.

The works in this volume consider multiple nations, languages, generations, and religions in their exploration of upland communities’ responses to the unique challenges and opportunities they share. From paintings to digital mapping, environmental studies to poetry, land reclamation efforts to song lyrics, the collection provides a truly interdisciplinary and global study. The editors and authors offer a cross-cultural exploration of the many strategies that mountain communities are employing to face the concerns of the future.

Author Bio

Ann Kingsolver is Professor of Anthropology and past director of the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. Her research in the United States, Mexico, and Sri Lanka has focused on how people make sense of all that gets called "globalization" and act on those understandings. Her books include NAFTA Stories: Fears and Hopes in Mexico and the United States, Tobacco Town Futures: Global Encounters in Rural Kentucky, and several edited volumes.

Sasikumar Balasundaram is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. His research interests include refugees, humanitarian aid, global health, engaged anthropology with children and youth, and contemporary issues of the Up-country Tamils of Sri Lanka.

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Table of Contents


Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Hard Times"

1: Introduction: Listening to Voices across Global Mountain Regions ​

Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Balasundaram

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Mother Jones’ Farewell (I Was There)"

2: After Coal, through Film

Tom Hansell and Patricia Beaver

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Wigan Pier"

3: Mountains, Coal, and Life in British Columbia and West Virginia

Paul S. Ciccantell

4: Black Diamonds

Crystal Good

5: Historicizing Poverty and Marginalization in the Southern Mountain Regions of Malawi

Tony Milanzi

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Momma Was a Union Woman"

6: Voices for Community Rights in Amazonia

Monica Chují

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Blue Ridge Mountain Refugee"

7: Indigenous Social Movements in Mountain RegCarmen Martinez Novo, Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Subhadra Mitra Channa, Annapurna Devi Pandey, and Luis Alberto Tuaza Castro

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "People Like You"

8: Rebuilding Mountain Communities after Natural and Human-Made Disasters

Jude L. Fernando, Lina Maria Calandra, Stephanie McSpirit, Pam Oldfield Meade, Jeremy Paden and Shaunna L. Scott

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "The Border Line"

9: Moving Heaven and Earth behind Mountains

Daniel Joseph

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Black Gold"

10: Environment, Health, and Justice

Mary K. Anglin, Gregory V. Button, and Dolores Molina-Rosales

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "When the Morning Breaks"

11: Circulating News in Rural China and Appalachia

Al Cross and You You

12: Thinking About the Future

Jane Jensen, Marco Pitzalis, Mir Afzal Tajik, and Alan J. DeYoung

13: Jirga: Everyday Peace-Building in Rural Mountain Communities of Pakistan

Sajjad Ahmad Jan

14: Mapping and Measuring Digital Divides in Mountain Regions

Stanley D. Brunn and Maria Paradiso

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "My Old Times"

15: Artifacts of Home

Saakshi Joshi

16: Resonating with the Trees

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Traveler"

17: Appalachian and Carpathian Exchanges

Jessica Murray and Iryna Galuschchak

18: Appalachian and Columbian Connections through Cerulean Warbler Migration

Regina Donour

19: Experience and Expertise

Lisa B. Markowitz

20: Sustainable Livelihoods in Extreme Lands

Dipak R. Pant

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Aragon Mill"

21: Comparing Rural Livelihood Transitions in the Catalan and Sardinian Regions of Europe and the Appalachian Region of the United States

Domenica Farinella, Ann Kingsolver, Ismael Vaccaro, and Oriol Beltran

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Wild Rose of the Mountain"

22: Honey Corridors in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and Appalachian Coal Production Areas

Tammy Horn Potter and Kunal Sharma

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "The Gap ($8,825) an Hour"

23: Agricultural Sovereignty and Arabica Coffee Production in Ethiopia

Aklilu Reda

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "The Flume"

24: Creating Sustainable Post-extraction Livelihoods in the Central Appalachian Coalfields

Nathan Hall

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Gone, Gonna Rise Again"

25: Reforestation Can Contribute to a Regenerative Economy in Global Mining Regions

Christopher D. Barton, Kenton Sena, and Patrick N. Angel

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "We’re Still Here"

26: Palestinian Responsible Tourism for Cross-Cultural Understanding

Asma Jaber and Michel Awad

Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "A Time for Us All"

27: Conclusion: Looking Toward the Future in Global Mountain Regions

Felix Bivens, Sasikumar Balasundaram, and Ann Kingsolver