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Rurality and education relations: metro-centricity and local values in rural communities and rural schools
Göteborgs universitet.
Göteborgs universitet.
Göteborgs universitet.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Child and Youth education, Special Education and Counselling.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5308-7002
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2018 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in six different types of rural area and their schools in different parts of Sweden, this article identifies how rural schools relate to the local place and discusses some of the educational implications from this. Recurrent references to the local community were present in some schools and people there explicitly positioned themselves in the local rural context and valorised rurality positively in education exchanges, content and interactions, with positive effects on young people’s experiences of participation and inclusion. These factors tended to occur in sparsely populated areas. An emphasis on nature and its value as materially vital in people’s lives was present as was a critique of middle-class metrocentricity. Such values and critique seemed to be absent in other areas, where rurality was instead often represented along the metrocentric lines of a residual space in modernizing societies.

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Sage Publications, 2018.
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rural, urban, education markets, ethnography, multi-sited ethnography
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educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147608DOI: 10.1177/1474904118780420Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048751193OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-147608DiVA, id: diva2:1204989
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-05-09 Created: 2018-05-09 Last updated: 2018-10-11

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