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Fighting King CoalThe Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia$
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Shannon Elizabeth Bell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034340

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034340.001.0001

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Creating a Micromobilization Context through Photovoice

Creating a Micromobilization Context through Photovoice

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(p.123) 8 Creating a Micromobilization Context through Photovoice
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Fighting King Coal
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Shannon Elizabeth Bell

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034340.003.0009

Chapter 8 provides a rational for using the feminist participatory action research method of Photovoice as a means of creating a more complete picture of “non-action in the face of injustice.” Through recruiting 54 women living in five coal-mining communities for an eight-month Photovoice project, a micromobilization context was created to study the factors that facilitate and hinder the process of “becoming an activist.” Forty-seven of the recruited participants had no prior involvement in environmental justice activism, while seven of the participants (one or two in each of the groups) were associated in some way with one of the local organizations fighting irresponsible coal industry practices in the region. The chapter presents how this project was organized, how the five communities were selected, how the 54 women were recruited, how the meetings were run, and what data were collected throughout the 8-month project and beyond. Descriptions of each of the five communities and the demographics of the participants are also included in this chapter.

Keywords:   Photovoice, Participatory Action Research, Feminist method, Micromobilization context, Environmental justice activism, Coal industry, Coal-mining communities, Non-action

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