Appalachian studies is the area studies field concerned with the Appalachian region of the United States. In the Humanities and Social sciences, area studies are Interdisciplinary fields of research and scholarship pertaining to a particular geographical Appalachia is a term used to describe a region in the eastern United States that stretches from southern New York state to northern Alabama, The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
In 1966, West Virginia University librarian Robert F. West Virginia University is a Coeducational public Research university in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Munn noted that “more nonsense has been written about the Southern Mountains than any comparable area in the United States. ” He also observed that there was “distressingly little in the way of useful primary and secondary materials” available for historical research on Appalachia. ” (Munn 1966)
Over the four decades since Munn’s comments, a wealth of excellent Appalachian scholarship has been published. Appalachian Studies is interdisciplinary, as befits the study of a complex and diverse region and people. Appalachian Studies includes such disciplines as history, literature, music, religion, economics, education, environment, folklore and folk customs, labor issues, women's issues, ethnicity, health care, community organizing, economic development, coal mining, tourism, art, demography, migration, and urban & rural planning. History is the study of the past particularly the written record Those who study history as a Profession are called Historians Etymology Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time. A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos Economics is the social science that studies the production distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Education encompasses both the Teaching and Learning of Knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency See also Nature The natural environment, commonly referred to simply as the environment, is a terminology that is comprised of all living and History The concept of folklore developed as part of the 19th century ideology of Romantic nationalism, leading to the reshaping of oral traditions to serve modern ideological The word tradition comes from the Latin traditionem acc of traditio which means "a giving up delivering up surrendering" and is used in a number of Health care is the prevention treatment and management of illness and the preservation of mental health through the services offered by the medical, Nursing Community organizing is a process by which people living in proximity to each other are brought together by an organizationto act in their common self-interest (at least as per the views Economic development is the development of economic wealth of countries or regions for the well-being of their inhabitants Coal mining is the extraction or removal of Coal from the Earth by Mining. Tourism is Travel for Recreational or Leisure purposes The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel Art refers to a diverse range of Human activities creations and expressions that are appealing to the Senses or Emotions of a human individual Demography is the statistical study of all Populations. It can be a very general science that can be applied to any kind of dynamic population that is one that changes over Appalachian scholarship has addressed – and continues to address – various issues within all of these academic disciplines.
Several academic journals are dedicated to Appalachian Studies, including Appalachian Journal, published by Appalachian State University, Journal of Appalachian Studies, published by the Appalachian Studies Association, Now & Then, published by East Tennessee State University, and Appalachian Heritage, published by Berea College. Appalachian State University is a comprehensive ( Master's L) public, Coeducational University located in Boone, North Carolina The Appalachian Studies Association is an organization of scholars and activists interested in Appalachian studies. East Tennessee State University ( ETSU) is an accredited American University, founded October 2, 1911 and located in Johnson Berea College is a liberal arts Work college in Berea Kentucky (south of Lexington) founded in 1855 For a larger list of pertinent Appalachian Studies journals and magazines, refer to Marie Tedesco’s Selected Bibliography on the Appalachian Studies Association website.
Much of the scholarship and research about Appalachia is done by scholars who are members of the Appalachian Studies Association. The Appalachian Studies Association is an organization of scholars and activists interested in Appalachian studies.
A number of colleges and universities in and around Appalachia offer courses and degrees in Appalachian Studies. These range from a Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies offered at Appalachian State University, to undergraduate minors at a dozen schools. Many schools also have Appalachian Studies collections and archives in their libraries.
The following is a brief list of important books in the Appalachian Studies canon that would serve as a good introductory reading list. These titles were culled from a poll of members of the Steering Committee of the Appalachian Studies Association taken in the Spring of 2007. The Appalachian Studies Association is an organization of scholars and activists interested in Appalachian studies.
For more detailed bibliographies, refer to the Bibliography section of the ASA website. For teachers who would like to incorporate Appalachian Studies content into their classroom, the ASA website includes a list of Appalachian Studies syllabi for college and university teachers, as well as a list of resources for K-12 teachers.