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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Rural development in the highlands of North America: The highlander economic education project

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Rural development in the highlands of North America: The highlander economic education project John Gaventa and Helen Lewis Recently, a series of economic reports have last two years, we have concentrated our work warned of growing poverty and in three rural communities: Dungannon, underemployment in the rural South (of the Virginia, in conjunction with the Dungannon USA). Rural areas are seeing plants close, as Development Commission; Jellico Tennesse, jobs move to newly industrialised areas in the in conjunction with the Mountain Women's Third World where labour can be provided Exchange; and Ivanhoe, Virginia, in more cheaply. The South, it is argued, can no conjunction with the Ivanhoe Civic League. longer depend upon recruiting outside industry The three communities have much in as its strategy for development. Rather, we common: they are all rural, poor, and in search must turn to a policy that nurtures of a new economic base. Local citizens' groups development from within that encourages and led by low-income women have sprung up to fosters community-based organisation and create alternatives for the community. enterprise as the solution to the needs of rural communities. At each site, Highlander has worked over a ...

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