Global Mountain Regions
Conversations toward the Future
Published by: Indiana University Press
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.
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
5: Historicizing Poverty and Marginalization in the Southern Mountain Regions of Malawi
Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "Momma Was a Union Woman"
6: Voices for Community Rights in Amazonia
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
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
16: Resonating with the Trees
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
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
Song Lyrics by Si Kahn: "The Flume"
24: Creating Sustainable Post-extraction Livelihoods in the Central Appalachian Coalfields
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
Global Mountain Regions is an outstanding addition to the inventory of the interdisciplinary field of montology, the study of mountains. For any scholar or student interested in the human dimensions of mountain regions, many if not all of the essays will be valuable references.~American Ethnologist