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Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence & Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley
by John Gaventa
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Explains to outsiders the conflicts between the financial interests of the coal and land companies, and the moral rights of the vulnerable mountaineers.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)320.974Social sciences Political Science Political Science Political situation and conditions North America Northeastern U.S.
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This book doesn't solve anything -- the quote above might be the closest you get to a "what next" payoff -- but that's not the point. The point is that people who are poor and uneducated are not stupid or weak. It really tried to set out what you know is true if you work in poverty realms at all -- that each aspect of poverty and powerlessness reinforces every other aspect. And that for the powerful to maintain power takes not a lot of effort.
It's not just the powerful setting the agenda. It's them writing the language the agenda's written in. ( )