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Arts and Sciences
Susan M. Roberts
This Thesis is an exploration into social change strategies in Appalachia that are alternative to conventional economic development practices and discourses. Drawing from original interviews with social justice activists in central and eastern Kentucky, I document a diversity of subversive discourses circulating in Appalachia, and I delineate models alternative to development that are driving action in several different communities. Through what one of my interviewees described as Appalachian ingenuity,1 individuals are enacting extremely hopeful and imaginative projects, and they are conjuring unique formulations that contribute to academic theories on alternative economies, capitalocentrism, neoliberalism, postmodern economics, anti-development, post-development, and spatial strategies of resistance and liberation.
Blessing, Stephanie Ann, ""APPALACHIAN INGENUITY" IN ACTION: ACTIVISTS REACH BEYOND TRADITIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN KENTUCKY" (2007). University of Kentucky Master's Theses. 470.