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ERIC Number: EJ931418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1036-0026
Farm Fair Voices, Space, History, the Middle Ground and "The Future" of Rural Communities
Halsey, John
Education in Rural Australia, v21 n1 p39-66 2011
This article is essentially written as two linked parts. The first part considers how space, spatiality and history can contribute to understanding and "doing something about" the sustainability of rural communities. This is done by extensive reference to Soja's (1989 & 1996) space and spatial theorising and selective perspectives of history from Williams (1973) and Davison (2005). Essentially the author thinks of space, spatiality and history as a set of conceptual tools for achieving some new traction on the enduring issue of the sustainability of rural communities, and this is the spirit in which the first part of the article is offered. The second part of the article is an overview of the Mapping of Rural Communities project in South Australia and the findings from one data collection site, the Karoonda Farm Fair in the Mallee Region of the state, together with some analysis of findings using space, spatiality, history and White's (1999) middle ground concept to generate suggestions about what education may offer in terms of "The Future" of rural communities. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom