The books in this series explore conflict and the quest for justice as catalysts for social change. Intended for use in graduate and undergraduate courses, the books will highlight a key concept or theory and use it to illuminate conflict in a domestic or international setting. The series will include single-case studies and comparative analyses as well as edited volumes dedicated to conflict pedagogy. Role plays and other experiential learning exercises designed for classroom use with the books will be available electronically. The books will be appropriate for courses in interdisciplinary fields, such as conflict resolution, peace studies, sociolegal and justice studies, and related social sciences. Individual texts will appeal to instructors teaching specialized subjects, including, among others, environment, development, community organizing, human security, leadership, legal integration, sustainability, diplomacy, and immigration.

The series editors are based at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University, which provides material support for the publication of books in this series.

The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution awards academic degrees focused on the study of the nature, origins, and types of social conflicts and their resolution. Faculty and students are committed to the development of theory, research, and practice that interrupt cycles of violence. To learn more about S-CAR, please visit

For more information about experiential learning activities, visit or contact the series editors.

Inquiries about submissions should be directed to the series editors, Susan F. Hirsch ( and Agnieszka Paczyńska (


Susan F. Hirsch
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
George Mason University

Agnieszka Paczyńska
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
George Mason University

Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia · Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental Conflict

By Susan F. Hirsch and E. Franklin Dukes

Residents of the Appalachian coalfields share a history and heritage, deep connections to the land, and pride in their own resilience. These same residents are also profoundly divided over the practice of mountaintop mining. Looking beyond the slogans and seemingly irreconcilable differences, however, can reveal deeper causes of conflict.