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ERIC Number: EJ1061046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Constructing the Rural in Education: The Case of "Outback Kids" in Australia
Pini, Barbara; Mills, Martin
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v36 n4 p577-594 2015
The majority of the still limited literature on education in non-metropolitan areas adopts an understanding of rurality as a fixed and known geographic entity. This paper departs from such a functionalist perspective to explore how rurality is constructed in a programme for at-risk teenagers in remote Australia. Drawing on a range of texts about the programme, including a documentary series entitled "Outback Kids," we examine how the rural space is imagined as simultaneously therapeutic and disciplining and therefore appropriate for troubled youth. Alongside this discussion we map the way in which other qualities and values associated with bifurcated definitions of the rural as a place of tradition and authenticity, and the urban as a place of disorder and pretence, are engaged in the texts to endorse the programme and its practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia