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Shelter from the Machine – Homesteaders in the Age of Capitalism - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Shelter from the Machine: Homesteaders in the Age of Capitalism

Jason G. Strange


Drawing upon deep ethnographic fieldwork, and written in lively prose that weaves together story and evidence, the book explores contemporary homesteading in Appalachia as a means of resistance to capitalist modernity. It is framed around two questions: Why are people still pursuing rural subsistence? And why are they often divided into two main groups, known to each other--not always kindly--as “hicks” and “hippies”? These turn out to be urgent questions, considering that the cultural divide between these two groups is one instance of the dangerous and growing schism between “liberal” and “co ... More

Keywords: Appalachia, homesteading, back-to-the-land movement, capitalism, labor, education, literacy, social movements, liberal and conservative, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043031
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason G. Strange, author
Berea College

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