ERIC Number: ED200369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Until the Fire and the Rose Are One.
Akehurst, Michael D.
In spite of the popular misconception of life in rural England as a rustic idyll, social and economic conditions there have created many issues which result in deprivation for rural youth. The major issues which affect employment, schooling, social, and domestic situations for rural youth are: (1) accessibility--lack of transportation; (2) centralisation of resources; (3) educational disadvantagement; (4) few job opportunities; (5) inner city policies; (6) poverty; and (7) lack of open space. A combination of these factors can lead to a way of life which limits personal development and improvement in life-style. Furthermore, the routine use of power by economically and socially dominant groups in local government expenditures has the effect that the already disadvantaged are further disadvantaged. However, opportunities do exist for the improvement of conditions for rural youth. Youth involvement in village and parish councils is needed, as well as active participation in the youth clubs which exist for them. Revisions are needed in the British Youth Service, so that the concern, vision, imagination, and thought that densely populated areas have received throughout the life of the youth service can be applied to youthwork in rural areas. (JD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adolescents, Community Organizations, Community Resources, Cultural Isolation, Disadvantaged Youth, Economic Opportunities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Local Government, Rural Environment, Rural Youth, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Status, Youth Clubs, Youth Employment, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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