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The Real Disaster Is Above Ground: A Mine Fire and Social Conflict Paperback – Nov 11 2009
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About the Author
J. Stephen Kroll-Smith is associate professor of sociology at the Hazelton campus of Pennsylvania State University.
Stephen Robert Couch is associate professor of sociology at the Schuylkill campus of Pennsylvania State University.
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