Rereading Appalachia

Rereading Appalachia

Literacy, Place, and Cultural Resistance

eBook - 2015
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Appalachia faces overwhelming challenges that plague many rural areas across the country, including poorly funded schools, stagnant economic development, corrupt political systems, poverty, and drug abuse. Its citizens, in turn, have often been the target of unkind characterizations depicting them as illiterate or backward. Despite entrenched social and economic disadvantages, the region is also known for its strong sense of culture, language, and community. A multidisciplinary team of scholars challenges Appalachian stereotypes through an examination of language and rhetoric. Together, they offer a new perspective on Appalachia and its literacy that counteracts essentialist or class-based arguments about the region's people and examines past research in the light of researcher bias. Featuring a mix of traditional scholarship and personal narratives, Rereading Appalachia assesses a number of pressing topics, including the struggles of first-generation college students and the pressure to leave the area in search of higher-quality jobs, prejudice toward the LGBT community, and the emergence of Appalachian and Affrilachian art in urban communities. The volume also offers rich historical perspectives on issues such as the intended and unintended consequences of education activist Cora Wilson Stewart's campaign to promote literacy at the Kentucky Moonlight Schools.
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky :, University Press of Kentucky,, 2015
ISBN: 9780813165615
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)
Additional Contributors: Webb-Sunderhaus, Sara
Donehower, Kim


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