The Resource Undermined in coal country : on the measures in a working land, Bill Conlogue

Undermined in coal country : on the measures in a working land, Bill Conlogue

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Undermined in coal country : on the measures in a working land
Title
Undermined in coal country
Title remainder
on the measures in a working land
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Bill Conlogue
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Deep mining ended decades ago in Pennsylvania's Lackawanna Valley. The barons who made their fortunes have moved on. Low wages and high unemployment haunt the area, and the people left behind wonder whether to stay or seek their fortunes elsewhere. Once dominated by the boom-and-busts of coal mining, the valley's shared history touches communities as far-flung as the Pacific Northwest, the Gulf Coast shorelines, and the mountains of West Virginia. Bill Conlogue explores how two overlapping coal country landscapes--Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Marywood University--have coped with the devastating aftermath of mining. Examining the far-reaching environmental effects of mining, including heavy deforestation, geological disruption, and mine fires, this beautifully written book asks bigger questions about what it means to influence a landscape to this extent--and then to live in it. In prose rivaling that of Annie Dillard and John McPhee, Conlogue describes a fascinating paradox: because of coal mining, the city and college have suffered, but the United States has grown stronger. Examining higher education through the lens of an unstable region still reeling from its industrial heritage, Undermined in Coal Country defends the study of literature and history as parts of an interdisciplinary web of meaning. Conlogue argues that, if we are serious about solving environmental problems, if we are serious about knowing where we are and what happens there, we need to attend closely to all places--that is, to attend to the world in a cold, dark, and disorienting universe. Unearthing new ways of thinking about place, pedagogy, and the environment, this meditative text reveals that place is inherently unstable"--
  • "Unearthing new ways of thinking about place, pedagogy, and the environment, "On the Measures" argues that place is unstable. To study dimensions of place, the book explores two working landscapes: 1) Scranton, Pennsylvania, an undermined, former coal-mining city, and 2) Marywood University, a Scranton institution that confronts the aftermath of mining. Scranton and Marywood have endured the narrative of extraction that the Anthracite Region once celebrated. Recounting removal of parts of this place to feed other places, the story defines loss here as gain there: the city and college have suffered but the United States has grown stronger. The tale ends badly, however, because the narrative arcs toward exhaustion; the storyline offers little about renewal. Growing up with this narrative, Scrantonians have been fleeing the city for decades; the dominant trend among young people has long been to learn here to move elsewhere. Too few environmental humanists have sufficiently examined the primary place where many work: the university. When they do, they often do not link the university to its local, regional, and national environmental contexts. In exploring where Conlogue teaches, he shows how bound up places of learning are with unsettling sites of resource extraction. Defending the study of literature and history, "On the Measures" shows university students that the disciplines they study are parts of an interdisciplinary web of meaning that includes the contexts of the places where they learn"--
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Dewey number
974.8/37
Index
index present
LC call number
F159.S4
LC item number
C66 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Undermined in coal country : on the measures in a working land, Bill Conlogue
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Working the Face ; Note; Acknowledgments; Timeline; One: Campus as Question ; Two: Wood ; Three: Fire ; Four: In the Gaps ; Five: Body Language ; Six: On Broken Ground ; Seven: Burying Books ; Conclusion: Working Home ; Notes; Works Cited; Index ; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; Photographs
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on1004378100
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1 online resource
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421423197
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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4862746
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.b37464425
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)1004378100
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