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It Comes From The People: Community Development and Local Theology
It Comes From The People: Community Development and Local Theology by Mary Hinsdale 1566392128 9781566392129
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It Comes From The People: Community Development and Local Theology by Mary Hinsdale

The closing of local mines and factories collapsed the economic and social structure of Ivanhoe, Virginia, a small, rural town once considered a dying community on the rough side of the mountain. Documenting the creative survival techniques developed by Ivanhoe citizens in the aftermath, It Comes from the People tells how this community organized to revitalize the town and demand participation in its future.Photos, interviews, stories, songs, poems, and scenes from a local theater production tell how this process of rebuilding gradually uncovered the communitys own local theology and a growing consciousness of cultural and religious values. A significant aspect of this social transformation in Ivanhoe, as in many rural areas, was the emergence of women as leaders, educators, and organizers, developing new approaches to revive the economy and the people simultaneously.This book is unusually open about the difficult process faced by outside researchers working with community members to describe community life. It discusses the inherent dilemmas frankly and presents a model for those who engage in community studies and ethnographic research. Author note: Mary Ann Hinsdale is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Boston College. >P>Helen M. Lewis is Interim Director of the Appalachian Center at Berea College in Kentucky. >P>S. Maxine Waller is President of the Ivanhoe Civic League and directs community-based student volunteer programs in Virginia.

Author: Mary Hinsdale

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 400

Publisher: Temple University Press

Publication Date: 1995-05-30

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