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dc.contributor.authorWrenn, Corey Leeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:44:16Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:44:16Z
dc.date.issued2008-08-06en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-08262008-224810en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/34783
dc.description.abstractAlleghany County, an extractive community, has depended heavily upon a single paper mill known as MeadWestvaco for over a century. The purpose of this study is to explore the degree to which MeadWestvaco utilizes paternalism and economic coercion as forms of power to control and maintain community quiescence regarding the companyâ s negative environmental impact in Alleghany County. This paper mill has negatively affected Alleghany County relative to other Virginia communities. However, there has been very little local action against the paper millâ s environmental impact. To define and recognize paternalism and economic coercion, I undertake a historical analysis of the cotton textile industry of the Southern Piedmont and coal mining industry of Southern Appalachia, where these systems of power have been documented. In applying the indicators of paternalism and economic coercion found in these nearby Southern industries to Alleghany County, Virginia, I find that MeadWestvaco utilizes both strategies to some degree to control and influence community awareness of and response to the companyâ s environmental damage.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectpaternalismen_US
dc.subjectunionismen_US
dc.subjectlabor relationsen_US
dc.subjectenvironmenten_US
dc.subjectAppalachiaen_US
dc.subjecteconomic dependenceen_US
dc.subjecteconomic coercionen_US
dc.titlePowerlessness and Pollution in Alleghany County, Virginia: A Historical Analysis of Paternalism and Economic Coercion in Appalachia and its Relationship with Environmental Degradationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRiden, Carlen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-08262008-224810/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairSmith, Barbara Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairCalasanti, Toni M.en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-08-26en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-09-22
dc.date.adate2008-09-22en_US


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