Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods

  • Rose Butler

Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 131-133

About this book


This book explores how rural children negotiate economic insecurity and difference. Based on long-term ethnographic research in rural Australia, it shows that children draw on class-based ideas of moral worth, anchored in racialised and gendered understandings, to negotiate financial hardship and insecurity. Through close observations in the classroom, school yard and the home, and interviews with diverse young people, their parents and teachers, Class, Culture and Belonging in Rural Childhoods takes us deep into children’s everyday struggles and their efforts to manage insecurity and belonging within a polarised economic landscape. This book offers compelling new analysis of children’s experiences at a time of rapid and far-reaching change in rural communities and the world at large. This unique and engaging ethnography of rural Australia makes an important and timely contribution to wider understandings of how children navigate the precarious circumstances of the present.


Children Childhood Youth Insecurity Poverty Class Cultural Diversity Mobilities Schooling Education Globalisation Australia Sociology Rural Studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Rose Butler
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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1101-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1102-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-2977
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-2985
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