Networks of Resistance

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Material Information

Title:
Networks of Resistance Opposition to Strip Coal Mining in Central Appalachia, 1977-2012
Physical Description:
1 online resource (240 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Perdue, Robert T
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Sociology, Sociology and Criminology & Law
Committee Chair:
PENA,MILAGROS
Committee Co-Chair:
OVERDEVEST,CHRISTINE A
Committee Members:
PERZ,STEPHEN GEORGE
MCCARTY,CHRISTOPHER
PETERSON,ANNA

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
appalachia -- coal -- environmental -- justice -- movements -- networks -- stripmining
Sociology and Criminology & Law -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Sociology thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This dissertation uses the case of strip mining resistance in central Appalachia to shed light on the factors that bring social movement groups together in collaborative relationships, and conversely, the factors that can inhibit such partnerships. These dynamics are an important realm of study because such intergroup relationships influence how change is sought, and in turn, the level of success a movement attains. I use social network analysis and semi-structured interviews with movement participants to bring these collaborative mechanisms into focus. I begin by documenting the evolution of this network of resistance since the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) to 2012. A major theme emerging from this component of study is the critical impact the law can have on movements, and vice versa. The passage of SMCRA thwarted collaboration and had a general deflating effect on the movement, while amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1990 accelerated the use of mountaintop removal mining (MTR) and catalyzed resistance to the practice. An examination of the current network reveals the importance of tactics in generating collaborative relationships. We see that the different tools groups pull from the “tactical toolbox”, such as litigation, lobbying, and direct action, significantly influence the propensity of groups to forge alliances within the movement. Finally, the dissertation highlights how certain factors have the potential to stifle collaboration, including: insider/outsider dynamics, intergenerational divides, conflict between the grassroots and national environmental organizations, and religious differences. In general, however, such conflicts are scuttled for the “greater good”, as activists are overwhelmingly pragmatic, realizing the importance of collaboration in their uphill fight for environmental justice in the mountains of Appalachia.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Robert T Perdue.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: PENA,MILAGROS.
Local:
Co-adviser: OVERDEVEST,CHRISTINE A.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2014-12-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0046121:00001