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ERIC Number: EJ960884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Rescuing a Small Village School in the Context of Rural Change in Hungary
Kovacs, Katalin
Journal of Rural Studies, v28 n2 p108-117 Apr 2012
The paper discusses local responses to schooling policy in the context of the uneven differentiation and sharp social polarisation of the Hungarian countryside. Counter-urbanisation, on the one hand, has brought affluent urban middle classes to suburban spaces, on the other hand, peripheral areas are becoming impoverished with high unemployment, while there are rural areas where a process of ghettoisation is taking place. Parallel with these processes, rural education has had to face demographic decline and the shrinking ability of municipalities to maintain schools. The case study presented in this article illustrates the cultural and spatial barriers impeding the creation of co-operation in the field of education. Given that the community of the village concerned is remarkably vibrant, with strong intra-community horizontal ties, the concept of social capital is used to explain how bonding and bridging networks as well as "missing links" influence community actions, in this case a school-rescue operation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary