1st Edition

Global Perspectives on Rural Childhood and Youth Young Rural Lives

Edited By Ruth Panelli, Samantha Punch, Elsbeth Robson Copyright 2007
    282 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection of international research and collaborative theoretical innovation examines the socio-cultural contexts and negotiations that young people face when growing up in rural settings across the world. This book is strikingly different to a standard edited book of loosely linked, but basically independent, chapters. In this case, the book presents both thematically organised case studies and co-authored commentaries that integrate and advance current understandings and debates about rural childhood and youth.

    1. From difference to dialogue: conceptualizing global perspectives on rural childhood and youth  Ruth Panelli, Samantha Punch and Elsbeth Robson  Part 1: Contexts and Identities  2. Doing and belonging: toward a more-than-representational account of young migrant identities in Lesotho and Malawi  Nicola Ansell and Lorraine van Blerk  3. Exploring masculinity, technology and identity in rural Norway  Anne Sofie Laegran  4. ‘Our lives are like a sock inside-out’: children’s work and youth identity in neoliberal rural Mexico  Fina Carpena-Méndez  5. Rural daughters in Australia, New Zealand and the United States: an historical perspective  Kathryn Hunter and Pamela Riney-Kehrberg  6. Reflecting on contexts and identities for young rural lives  Naomi Bushin, Nicola Ansell, Hanne Adriansen, Jaana Lähteenmaa and Ruth Panelli  Part 2: Agency and Everyday Action  7. An example of ‘thin’ agency: child domestic workers in Tanzania  Natascha Klocker  8. On both sides of the tracks: British rural teenagers’ views on their ruralities  Hugh Matthews and Faith Tucker  9. The ‘Malaysian orphans’ of Lombok: children and young people’s livelihood responses to out-migration in eastern Indonesia  Harriot Beazley  10. ‘I mean, it depends on me in the end, doesn’t it?’ Young people’s perspectives on their daily lives and future prospects in rural east Germany  Nadine Schäfer  11. Conceptualizing agency in the lives and actions of rural young people  Elsbeth Robson, Stephen Bell and Natascha Klocker  Part 3: Power Relations and Processes  12. Generational power relations in rural Boliva  Samantha Punch  13. ‘Preppy-jocks’, ‘rednecks’, ‘stoners’ and ‘scum’: power and youth social groups in rural Vermont  Cheryl Morse Dunkley and Ruth Panelli  14. ‘The child drums and the elder dances’? Girlfriends and boyfriends negotiating power relations in rural Uganda  Stephen Bell  15. Rurality, power and the otherness of childhood in British contexts  Owain Jones  16. Power and place for rural young people  Samantha Punch, Stephen Bell, Lauren Costello and Ruth Panelli  17. Conclusions and future directions for studying young rural lives  Elsbeth Robson, Ruth Panelli and Samantha Punch


    Ruth Panelli is Senior Lecturer of Geography at Otago University, New Zealand.

    Samantha Punch is Lecturer in Sociology at Stirling University, UK.

    Elsbeth Robson is Lecturer in Development Studies at Keele University, UK.