The study of diverse yet comparable regions uncovers structural similarities that override the defective culture theory of developing regions as well as the belief that they are unique ecological phenomena. This collected work establishes Appalachia as a case study for a coherent cross-national perspective. Written by authorities on the social and economic problems of these regions, this work should assist in alleviating some of the most striking misconceptions about regional development.
About the Author:
PHILLIP J. OBERMILLER is an associate of the Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky.
WILLIAM W. PHILLIBER is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York College at New Paltz. Both have authored and edited several books and articles on Appalachia.