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Introduction: Magic Mineral

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Provides an overview of frac sand mining, its rapid growth in western Wisconsin, and its role within the wider fracking commodity chain. Also paints a historical backdrop and situates the author as a ... More


Confronting the Next Boom

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Describes the recent downturn of the frac sand mining industry, the broader significance of struggles over local control and local democracy, and promising directions for grassroots activism.


Neighbors

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Mining companies have developed various tactics to overcome local opposition, but also to assert a sense of “belonging” in a contentious social landscape. They invoke alluring narratives about jobs, ... More


In Pursuit of Local Democracy

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Returns to the story of Vista Sand described in the introduction and follows concerned citizens as they organize against a proposed mine and rail spur, ultimately seeking to confront the mining ... More


Dangers Unseen

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Explores the relationship between the perception of new environmental hazards introduced by frac sand mining and competing visions of place and rural landscape. Varied and sometimes contradictory ... More


Low-Hanging Fruit

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Traces the early years of the industry as it followed the path of least resistance to places more supportive of their interests. Concerned citizens fought back, but often unsuccessfully. Activism ... More


Where You Live

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Documents how people experience mining-related changes and conflicts, drawing on ethnographic interviews with residents living next to mines, processing plants, and hauling routes. People grappling ... More


Save Our Hills

Thomas W. Pearson

in When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Recounts the origins and early success of grassroots activism that developed in response to one of the first proposed frac sand operations in the region. Identifies the factors that led to citizens ... More


When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community

Thomas W. Pearson

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780816699919
eISBN:
9781452958903
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816699919.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

When the Hills Are Gone tells the story of Wisconsin’s sand mining wars. Providing on-the-ground accounts from both the mining industry and the concerned citizens who fought back, Thomas W. Pearson ... More


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