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I'm Afraid of That Water

A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis

Luke Eric Lassiter (Redaktør) ; Brian A. Hoey (Redaktør) ; Elizabeth Campbell (Redaktør)

On January 9th 2014, residents across Charleston, West Virginia, awoke to an unusual liquorice smell in the air and a similar taste in the public drinking water. That evening residents were informed that the tap water in tens of thousands of homes, hundred of businesses, and dozens of schools and hospitals - the water made available to as many as 300,00 citizens in a nine-county region - had been contaminated with a chemical used for cleaning crushed coal. Les mer
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On January 9th 2014, residents across Charleston, West Virginia, awoke to an unusual liquorice smell in the air and a similar taste in the public drinking water. That evening residents were informed that the tap water in tens of thousands of homes, hundred of businesses, and dozens of schools and hospitals - the water made available to as many as 300,00 citizens in a nine-county region - had been contaminated with a chemical used for cleaning crushed coal.

This books tells a particular set of stories about that chemical spill and its aftermath, an unfolding water crisis that would lead to months, even years, of fear and distrust. It is both oral history and collaborative ethnography, jointly conceptualised, researched, and written by people - more than fifty in all - across various positions in academia and local communities.

I'm Afraid of That Water foregrounds the ongoing concerns of West Virginians (and people in comparable situations in places like Flint, Michigan) confronted by the problem of contamination, where thresholds for official safety may be crossed, but a genuine return to normality is elusive.

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Introduction
Part I. "I'm Afraid of That Water": A West Virginia Disaster and Water Crisis
1. The Elk River Spill: On Water and Trust
2. Exploring the (Human) Nature of Disaster
3. Toward a Collaborative Ethnography
4. Chemical Spill Encountered
Part II. On Place: To Stay or Not to Stay
5. Blues BBQ
6. Citizen Response: On Leaving and Staying
7. In and Out of Appalachia
Interlude. Exploring the (Human) Nature of Disaster; Impact and Responses
art III. On Making and Remaking Community
8. Activism and Community
9. WVWaterHistory.com and Producing Digital Resources on a Water Crisis
10. What Does a Water Crisis Sound Like?
11. Can We Trust the Water System Now? Some Updates
Epilogue
Afterword
Notes
List of Contributors
Index