The Appalachian Hermeneutic Maybe Proposal – Topics

So, I’m thinking about this proposal, for a variety of reasons — namely because I rather like Appalachia and think that it is underestimated.

So, in fleshing out a proposal that I haven’t fully decided to run with yet, I was thinking of a few areas for the prospective authors to focus on.

First we have to identity what is the Appalachian Identity? In ]]’s book, he defines Appalachians as Scottish-Irish descendants; however, it does not take long to figure out that African Americans have contributed to the over all identity of Appalachia as well. Then, given the migratory patterns of the boom-and-bust cycle of coal, are generations, or half-generations, considered Appalachian.

The issues, after this is one is settled are:

  1. Diaspora
  2. Ecology
  3. Theology
  4. Journalism and Understanding the Wider World
  5. Authority – Who has it? Is it always accepted?
  6. The future of the identity
  7. Appalachian culture in popular media (books, movies, etc…)

What do you think?

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