Constructing the rural in education: the case of Outback Kids in Australia

Constructing the rural in education: the case of Outback Kids in Australia Journal Article

British Journal of Sociology of Education

  • Author(s): Pini, Barbara, Mills, Martin
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Volume: 36
  • ISBN: 0142-5692

Abstract: 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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Pini, Barbara, Mills, Martin, 2015, Constructing the rural in education: the case of Outback Kids in Australia, Volume:36, Journal Article, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14241.

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