This book broadens the scope of the subject of rural education and enlivens the ways in which the subject may be studied. Through textual and visual analysis of a range of sources – including young adult novels, the farming simulation game ‘Hay Day’ and reality television programs – the contributors investigate how the lives of young people in rural spaces are mediated by a range of social locations including class, ethnicity and sexuality. Additionally, through rich and detailed ethnographic work, the book explores the complicated and multifaceted meanings of rural places and examines how these meanings shape experiences of schooling for teachers and students. In doing so, the book embeds the study of rural education in explorations of patrilineal inheritance on family farms, international migration, globalisation and economic restructuring. It aims to start a conversation about the robust and complex ways in which the confluence between ‘rural’ and ‘education’ may be imagined, experienced and researched.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
Introduction: beyond stock photographs – imagining, experiencing, and researching rural education Barbara Pini, Robyn Mayes and Laura Rodriguez Castro
1. ‘A space for you to be who you are’: an ethnographic portrait of reterritorializing Indigenous student identities Vanessa Anthony-Stevens and Philip Stevens
2. Redefining rurality: cosmopolitanism, whiteness, and the New Latino Diaspora Jessica Sierk
3. Representations of rural lesbian lives in young adult fiction Wendy Keys, Elizabeth Marshall and Barbara Pini
4. The rhetoric of the real: stereotypes of rural youth in American reality television and stock photography Carissa Massey
5. Using critical and post-critical pedagogies to pick at the seams of patriarchy from ‘the inside’ Sherilyn Lennon
6. The farm as an educative tool in the development of place attachments among Irish farm youth Anne Cassidy
7. ‘A new life in the countryside awaits’: interactive lessons in the rural utopia in ‘farming’ simulation games Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart
8. Encountering education in the rural: migrant women’s perspectives Robyn Mayes and Ruth McAreavey
9. Rural youth out-migration and education: challenges to aspirations discourse in mobile modernity Michael Corbett and Martin Forsey
10. (Re)constructing rurality through skilled trades training Nicole Gerarda Power